ILA Event – Sydney – Representing Australians Abroad: Practical Lessons from Egypt and Asia

Gilbert + Tobin and the Australian Branch of the ILA are pleased to bring together Professor Donald Rothwell of the ANU College of Law, Christopher Flynn, Partner at Gilbert + Tobin and Barrister Dr Christopher Ward to discuss issues that arise when representing Australians accused of offences committed overseas, including journalist Peter Greste and Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The Panel will discuss matters including the appropriate legal strategies, co-ordination with government and international law issues including trends in the application of the death penalty for drug trafficking crimes.

The event will be held at 6pm, 16 September 2015 at Gilbert + Tobin, Level 37, 2 Park Street, Sydney.

Please RSVP by 31 August 2015 to Kate Vosch (

The event flyer can be accessed here.

French Australian Lawyers Society Event – Melbourne – EU Seminar on Wine Law Regulations and Implications for Australian Lawyers

On 17 September 2015, the French Australian Lawyers Society will hold a seminar on European Wine Law and Regulation and Australian Implications with the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association and the Italian Australian Lawyers Association.

The speakers are: Dr Matt Harvey, Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University, and Stephen Stern, Senior Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

The event will be held at the RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, and includes dinner and drinks at a cost of $110 per head.

Registrations may be made here and close 13 September 2015.

ILA Event – International Rules on the Use of Force: Implications for Russia + Ukraine, China + South and East Chinese Seas – 20 August 2015

The ILA is pleased to announce that Dr Alison Pert will deliver a seminar which will cover the history and extent of the maritime territorial claims of China in this area, the competing claims from other states in the region, the arbitral proceedings brought by the Philippines, and the legal status of the islands being created or expanded through Chinese dredging and land reclamation.

Dr Pert will also briefly review the recent history of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, focussing on the legal justifications advanced by Russia. In light of the status of Russia and China as permanent members of the UN Security Council, protected from Security Council censure by their veto power, Dr Pert will raise the question of the role of international law, and the UN Charter system of collective security in particular, in this new post-post-Cold War era.

The event will be held at 5.30 pm (for a 5.45 pm start), 20 August 2015 at Marque Lawyers, Level 4, 343 George Street, Sydney.

Please RSVP to Phoebe Saintilan ( by 18 of August 2015.

A copy of the event flyer is accessible here.

ILA and Baker & McKenzie Event – ‘Sea Level Rise and International Law’ – 10 August 2015

The Editors would like to draw readers’ attention to an upcoming seminar in Sydney, hosted by the International Law Association and Baker & McKenzie.  The seminar is on ‘Sea Level Rise and International Law’.  A flyer about the seminar is available here — it is on Monday 10 August 2015, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Baker & McKenzie’s Sydney office.

The speakers are all members of the ILA’s Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise:

  • Professor David Freestone (Executive Secretary of the Sargasso Sea Commission) — Committee Co-Rapporteur;
  • Professor Rosemary Rayfuse (University of New South Wales) — Committee Member; and
  • Professor Clive Schofield (University of Wollongong) — Committee Member.

The speakers will discuss the Committee’s work regarding the ‘consequences of sea-level rise on entitlements to maritime areas and on the natural environment’. They will also discuss the Committee’s draft interim report and future programs.  Professor Rayfuse recently published a report on the Committee’s work on the ILA Reporter.

Book Launch – The Silent Victim: Crimes Against the Environment

This event hosts the Australian launch of Professor Steven Freeland’s new book, which considers the inclusion of a new crime in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, to be called ‘Crimes Against the Environment’.

Professor Freeland and Professor Don Henry will discuss the environmental challenges that warfare poses, the legal recourse available under the current legal framework, and the potential for prosecution and remedies under the proposed crime of ‘Crimes Against the Environment’.

The event will be held at 6 pm (for a 6.30 pm start) on 17 August 2015 at King and Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The event flyer can be accessed here.


Menzies Foundation scholarships in law

The Menzies Foundation is offering two scholarships for studying commencing in 2016.

  • The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law is for courses of study at UK universities.
  • The Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law is for courses of study in international law at a prestigious overseas university.

Both scholarships are valued at up to $75,000.

Applications are now open and close on 31 August 2015

The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding law graduates who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas.

To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens and hold a 1st class honours degree or equivalent and be planning to continue their career in Australia on completion of their study.

Candidates should not only display academic excellence but also demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and a commitment to and interest in community service.

The funds are to meet compulsory university fees and contribute towards the cost of books, equipment, living and travel.

You can see last year’s winners, Patrick Wall and Andrew Currie, online at:

For the full prospectus and to apply:

Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law:

Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law:

7th Annual International Arbitration Moot 2015

The NSW Young Lawyers International Law Committee is hosting the 7th Annual International Arbitration Moot 2015 in Sydney.

The information brochure and application form can be found here.

The main round of the moot will take place on 29 August 2015, with finals to be held on 1 September 2015.

The moot problem will involve a contractual dispute between two international companies. The problem will raise procedural issues (such as the rules of the arbitration institution and the jurisdiction of the Tribunal) and substantive issues (relating to the parties’ rights and obligations arising from the construction of the contract between them).

The event is open to young lawyers, law graduates and law students.

Applications close Friday 26 June 2015.

Please contact Erika Williams at if you require further information.