ILA 2018 Conference – Registrations now open!

Registration for the 78th ILA Biennial Conference is now open.

The ILA 2018 Conference will be hosted by the International Law Association (Australian Branch) in Sydney, Australia
from 19 – 24 August 2018.

Scholarships are available to contribute towards the Conference registration fees, travel costs, accommodation, and subsistence. Scholarship applications are particularly welcomed from younger persons in regions of the world that are generally under-represented in the ILA’s work.

Check out the conference website for all the latest info about registration, accommodation, FAQs, getting around Sydney and more.


Call for Papers and Panels – 2018 ILA Conference in Sydney

The ILA (Australian Branch) is proud to be hosting the next biennial International Law Association Conference in Sydney from 19-24 August 2018. The organising committee is currently developing a program for the conference, and to that end we are calling for papers and panel presentations around the core theme of the conference: Developing International Law in Challenging Times. Details of the call, including information on how to make a submission, are set out in the flyer here

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Event: Humanitarians under Fire and End-of-Year Function

The AGM of the International Law Association will be held at 5.00 pm on Thursday, 15 December 2016 at the offices of Marque Lawyers, Level 4, 343 George Street, Sydney NSW.

The AGM will be followed by an end of year function at 5:30 pm, which will feature a presentation by Patricia Garcia AO entitled ‘Humanitarians under Fire’.

Patricia Garcia AO is a highly respected humanitarian and human rights advocate, with experience in project design and delivery, campaigning and fundraising. For over 20 years Patricia has lived and worked in war zones. She has managed and coordinated humanitarian relief and development programs to assist refugees and IDPs in some of the world’s longest running conflicts, including Afghanistan, Sudan and Burma.

Patricia has worked for the United Nations and international NGOs, including Oxfam, Peace Winds Japan, German Agro Action, Norwegian Church Aid, UNHCR and UNOPS. In June 2016, Patricia was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia. Patricia is also a 2016 State Finalist for Australian of the Year.

The end of year function is open to both members and non‑members. Drinks and canapés will be provided. The cost of attendance is $10 (for members) and $20 (for non‑members).

Those who wish to attend the AGM and/or end of year function are requested to RSVP by email to

Documentation for the AGM has already been sent to members directly by separate email. Any members who have not received this information should also contact

Upcoming Event – ILS China Breakfast Seminar


The Law Council of Australia’s International Law Section will host a China Law breakfast on Wednesday 26 October at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. Judge Judith Gibson of the District Court of New South Wales will chair a panel of six experts in Chinese law to discuss contemporary legal issues facing the country today.


  • ‘One Belt One Road’ and Chinese investment policy;
  • IP and Trade Mark legislative changes;
  • Consumer legal protection in the era of M-commerce;
  • The Guiding Case system; and
  • Court use of social media and legal writing issues.


  • Professor Vivienne Bath, University of Sydney
  • Scott Gardiner, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Mary Ip, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Vai Io Lo, Bond University
  • Belinda Melocco, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Professor Natalie Stoianoff, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Judge Judith Gibson, NSW District Court (Chair)

For details on the cost of a ticket and the registration form, please click here.

Upcoming Lecture with Justice Keane AC – “Courts and International Arbitration: A Reappraisal of Roles”

The International Law Association, Queensland Chapter warmly invites you to a breakfast lecture by Hon. Justice Patrick Keane AC of the High Court at 7:30 – 8:45 am on Friday 4 November 2016 in the Edinburgh Room, Brisbane Club. He will be speaking on the topic of “Courts and International Arbitration: A Reappraisal of Roles”.

Justice Keane was appointed to the High Court in March 2013. At the time of his appointment he was Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. He served as a judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland from 2005-2010 before joining the Federal Court. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland and Oxford University. He was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1977 and in 1988 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He was Solicitor-General for Queensland from 1992 to 2005. Justice Keane AC was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2015.

CPD POINTS: Solicitors may wish to claim 1 general CPD unit, and Barristers may wish to claim 1 CPD point in the Substantive Law category. You will be able to record your attendance by signing an attendance register.

A hot plated breakfast will be served, accompanied by fresh fruit, pastries, juices, tea & coffee. Tickets will cost $60 for Members, $70 f0r Non-Members and $45 for full-time students.

For payment details, download the flyer here. Please RSVP to Liz Cottle by email to

We look forward to you joining us!

Seminar on Choice of Court Convention and Draft Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

Increasing the effectiveness of transnational litigation: the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the Draft Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments




Speakers: Professor Richard Garnett and Mr Andrew Walter

Professor Richard Garnett is professor of law at the University of Melbourne and a consultant to Herbert Smith Freehills.   Andrew Walter is Assistant Secretary, Civil Law Unit, Australian Attorney General’s Department. They are both members of the Australian Government Delegation of Experts to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention).

Professor Garnett and Mr Walter will speak about the draft Hague Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (the Draft Judgments Convention) and the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the Choice of Courts Convention). The Draft Judgments Convention was presented to first special commission on the convention in the Hague in June 2016. The Choice of Court Convention entered into force on 1 October 2015 following approval by the European Union and the Australian Government is considering ratification of the convention. It aims to ensure that choice of court agreements between parties to international commercial transactions are effective.

The seminar will be held in Melbourne with a video link to Sydney. It is directed to practitioners and law students, who would like to learn more about developments which aim to increase the effectiveness of transnational litigation. It will also provide an opportunity for potential applicants for the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship to learn more about the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship is awarded each year to a graduate or post graduate student of an Australian law school by the ILA (AB) and the Australian Institute of International Affairs. In 2017 the 12th Peter Nygh Hague Conference Intern will travel to the Hague to undertake a 6 month internship with the Hague Conference on Private International Law.


  • Date: 9 September 2016
  • Time: 12:30 pm for a 12:45 pm start
  • Venue: MinterEllison, level 23, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • By video link to: MinterEllison, level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
  • Cost: Free admission
  • Sandwich lunch provided
  • RSVP to

Melbourne Journal of International Law – Call for papers for issue 17(2)

The Editors of the ILA Reporter are pleased to alert readers to the following call for papers issued by the Melbourne Journal of International Law:

The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law, Australia’s premier generalist international law journal, are now inviting submissions for volume 17(2). This issue will have a special focus on the legal implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and space will also be available for articles on other issues of international law.

For consideration for inclusion in the print issue of 17(2), authors should submit on or before July 1, 2016. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to For more information, please visit

ILA Conference 2016 – Johannesburg – Update

The 77th ILA conference will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7-11 August 2016. The President of the South African Branch, which is organising the conference, has sent the following update to the Australian Branch:

“The 77th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association, which is scheduled for 7 – 11 August 2016 in Johannesburg, will mark the second time only for a biennial conference to take place on the African continent in the almost 150 year history of the Association. Expectations are therefore high that the members of the historically dominant ILA constituencies in the North will attend the conference in substantial numbers in the interest of providing a platform for the establishment of a community of international law scholars that is more representative of the regions of the world than is currently the case.

Apart from this imperative, and in addition to the reporting sessions of some thirty ILA committees and study groups, the programme offers parallel sessions on issues of regional and global interest and significance. These include the UN report on Africa’s illegal capital flight; harmonization efforts in international commercial law; BRICS in international law; the peace and security architecture of the African Union; automated weapon systems and international law; marine bio-diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction; investor – state dispute resolution; nuclear weapons, non-proliferation and contemporary international law; the law of armed conflict in Africa; and international criminal law.

Leisure options abound. Pre- and post-conference tours to the spectacular Victoria Falls and to Cape Town are available. In Johannesburg and surroundings delegates have the option to visit game farms, the Constitutional Court, the Apartheid museum, SOWETO and Liliesleaf Farm where senior members of the ANC were arrested in 1963 for plotting the overthrow of the Apartheid government.

The members of the South African Branch of the ILA have invested a lot of time and energy in putting this conference together in adverse circumstances. We hope that we can count on the patronage of our fellow ILA members in other branches.”

All members and subscribers are encouraged to attend this significant conference. To register, visit