Event: ‘Unconventional Lawmaking in the Law of the Sea’: A Conversation with the Contributors, 26 May 2022

This event brings together many of the contributors to Unconventional Lawmaking in the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press, 2022) for a conversation with the Editor, Professor Natalie Klein, to celebrate the book’s release. The event will be held online on Thursday 26 May 2022 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm AEST.

Contributors to the book include Tutku Bektas, Tara Davenport, Ellen Hey, Yurika Ishii, Marie Jacobsson, Elsa Kelly, Chie Kojima, Liesbeth Linjnzaad, Nilüfer Oral, Irini Papanicolopulu, Anna Petrig, Rosemary Rayfuse, Zoe Scanlon, Karen Scott, Zhen Sun, Erika Techera, Anastasia Telesetsky and Seline Trevisanut. The book’s Editor, Professor Natalie Klein, is a Professor at UNSW Sydney’s Faculty of Law and Justice, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and President of the International Law Association (Australian Branch).

This book examines the role of informal agreements and informal lawmaking in diverse areas of the law of the sea; highlights how diverse actors, processes, and non-binding agreements set standards and inform decision-making in ocean governance; covers contemporary topics such as maritime security, marine environment, fisheries, ocean resources, technology, shipping, and navigation; provides a fascinating case study of lawmaking in international law with valuable lessons for the law of treaties, state responsibility, and the sources of the law; and offers informed perspectives on law of the sea from specialist female scholars and practitioners from across the globe.

Registration is essential and via Eventbrite. This event is supported by the International Law Association (Australian Branch) and UNSW Sydney’s Faculty of Law and Justice.

Event: War in Ukraine – Institutional Responses and International Law, 22 March 2022

The international legal system provides a variety of institutional mechanisms to respond to gross violations of international law, including the crime of aggression, breaches of the prohibition on the use of force and war crimes. This seminar addresses the avenues being considered and/or utilised to respond to Russia’s war against Ukraine. These options include the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. 

Speakers:

Dr Christopher Ward SC is Senior Counsel, NSW Bar, Sydney, Australia, Honorary Professor, Australian National University, Canberra and Immediate Past President, International Law Association: 

International Law in times of war: responding to a Security Council Permanent Member

Molly Thomas, International Criminal and Human Rights Lawyer, The Hague and Editor-in-Chief of the ILA Reporter: 

Paths to Accountability: The ICC and Beyond

The event is organised by the ILA (Australia Branch) and generously hosted by Marque Lawyers. Drinks and light catering will be available for those in attendance. A limited number of online tickets is available for ILA (Australia Branch) members with a zoom link sent just prior to the seminar.

Registration is essential and on Eventbrite.

Event: ILA (Australian Branch) AGM and End of Year Event, 1 December 2021

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) invites its members to its Annual General Meeting, to be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021 via Zoom.

The AGM will be followed at 7:00 pm by the End-of-Year Event, featuring a presentation by Emerita Professor Christine Chinkin, Chair of the International Law Association, on Women, Peace and Security: the Security Council Agenda and International Law.

Christine Chinkin, FBA is Emerita Professor of International Law, Professorial Research Fellow and Founding Director of the Centre of Women Peace & Security at LSE. Together with Hilary Charlesworth, she won the American Society of International Law, 2005 Goler T. Butcher Medal ‘for outstanding contributions tothe development or effective realization of international human rights law’. She is a L. Bates Lea Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She has held visiting appointments in Australia, the United States, Singapore and the People’s Republic of China. She was a member of the Human Rights Advisory Panel in Kosovo for over six years and was Scientific Advisor to the Council of Europe’s Committee for the drafting of the Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

The presentation is open to both members and non‑members. There is no cost to register for the event.

Registration is essential and via Eventbrite: RSVP for the AGM (members only) and/or End-of-Year event.

Event: Australian Arbitration Week, 18-22 October 2021

Australian Arbitration Week 2021 is being held virtually this year and will be running a variety of events related to arbitration throughout the week of 18 to 22 October 2021! The following events are being run by ACICA, but a full calendar of events is available on the ACICA website.

ACICA/CIArb Australia International Arbitration Conference 2021

New and Emerging Norms in International Commercial Arbitration

Date: 18 October 2021

Website: https://ciarb.net.au/ciarbevents/2021-conference/

AMTAC Webinar 

Avoiding Obstacles along the pathway to enforcement

Date: 19 October 2021, 1pm to 2pm (AEDT)

Registration: https://acica.org.au/events-list/#!event/2021/10/19/amtac-seminar-aaw

ACICA Webinar

Insolvency & Arbitration

Date: 19 October 2021, 3:30pm to 5pm

Registration: https://acica.org.au/events-list/#!event/2021/10/19/acica-vic-state-committee-seminar-insolvency-arbitration

ACICA45 workshop (virtual)

Practicalities of Procedure

Date: 20 October 2021, 10am to 12pm

Registration: https://acica.org.au/events-list/#!event/2021/10/20/acica45-workshop-aaw

ACICA Rules Roadshow (virtual)

Date: 21 October 2021, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Registration: https://acica.org.au/events-list/#!event/2021/10/21/sydney-acica-rules-2021-roadshow-event

ACICA Webinar

What’s the bottom line? Management of Costs in International Arbitration

Date: 22 October 2021, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Registration: https://acica.org.au/events-list/#!event/2021/10/22/what-8217-s-the-bottom-line-management-of-costs-in-international-arbitration

Event: ‘Private International Law and Intellectual Property: The ILA Kyoto Guidelines’, 15 October 2021

In 2020, the 79th Conference of the International Law Association passed the Resolution 6/2020 and adopted the Guidelines on Intellectual Property and Private International Law (‘Kyoto Guidelines’).

The Guidelines are part of international efforts to establish a cooperative global system for jurisdiction, choice of law, and judgment recognition and enforcement in transnational IP disputes. They apply to civil and commercial matters involving IP rights that are connected to more than one State.

This webinar, jointly sponsored by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the Sydney Law School and International Law Association (Australian Branch), invites distinguished professors from Japan, Republic of Korea and Australia to discuss the contents, implications, and challenges of the Guidelines in regulating complicated IP disputes.

At the webinar, Professor Toshiyuki Kono (Kyushu University, Japan) will be speaking about the background and significance of the Kyoto Guidelines; Professor Gyooho Lee (Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea) will be speaking about the laws applicable to transferability of an intellectual property right and employment contracts under the Kyoto Guidelines; and Professor Vivienne Bath (Sydney Law School, Australia) will be speaking about the Kyoto Guidelines and injunction in transnational standard essential patents and parallel patent infringement disputes. The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor Jie (Jeanne) Huang (Sydney Law School, Australia).

The event will be held on Friday 15 October 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm AEDT on Zoom. Registration is essential and through Eventbrite.

Event: International Investment Agreements and National Impacts, 7 October 2021

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is pleased to announce its fourth in a series of online lunch-time panels showcasing the work of early career international lawyers.

This event follows the first panel on “Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions” on 22 July 2021, the second panel on “Armed Conflict, Technology and Human Rights” on 26 August 2021 and the third panel on “International Criminal Law: Practitioner Perspectives” on 16 September 2021. Recordings are made of these panels and will be made available in the members’ section of the ILA (AB)’s website in due course.

This fourth panel is focused on “International Investment Agreements and National Impacts” and features speakers Caitlyn McKenzie (ANU College of Law) presenting on ‘Improving access to Foreign Direct Investment for Pacific Island Countries: Pursuit of International Investment Agreements from a development perspective’ and Zhenyu (Zoe) Xiao (UNSW Law and Justice) speaking on ‘International law and domestic institutions: rethinking the evolution of China’s investor-state dispute settlement policymaking’. The event will be chaired by Associate Professor Jeanne Huang (University of Sydney Law School) and feature commentator Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha (UNSW Law and Justice).

The panel will be held online on Thursday 7 October 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm AEST. Registration is free and through Eventbrite.

A flyer for this fourth panel is included below.

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Event: International Criminal Law: Practitioner Perspectives, 16 September 2021

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is pleased to announce its third in a series of online lunch-time panels showcasing the work of early career international lawyers.

This event follows the first panel on “Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions” on 22 July 2021 and the second panel on “Armed Conflict, Technology and Human Rights” on 26 August 2021. Recordings are made of these panels and will be made available in the members’ section of the ILA (AB)’s website in due course.

This third panel is focused on “International Criminal Law: Practitioner Perspectives” and features speakers Pranamie Mandalawatta (Australian Red Cross) and Liam MacAndrews (Nyman Gibson Miralis Defence Lawyers) speaking on ‘Corporate Liability for War Crimes under Australian Law’ and Shannon Torrens presenting on ‘Defending A President: The Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone’. The event will be chaired by Dr Chris Ward SC (St James Hall Chambers) and will feature commentator The Honourable Justice Mark Ierace (Supreme Court of New South Wales). The panel will be held online on Thursday 16 September 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm AEST. Registration is free and through Eventbrite.

The final panel in this series will be held on 7 October and consist of an exploration of International Investment Law. It will feature Caitlyn McKenzie (ANU College of Law) presenting on ‘Improving access to Foreign Direct Investment for Pacific Island Countries: Pursuit of International Investment Agreements from a development perspective’ and Zhenyu (Zoe) Xiao (UNSW Law and Justice) speaking on ‘International law and domestic institutions: rethinking the evolution of China’s investor-state dispute settlement policymaking’. The event will be chaired by Associate Professor Jeanne Huang (University of Sydney Law School) and feature commentator Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha (UNSW Law and Justice).

A flyer for this third panel is included below.

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Event: ‘Armed Conflict, Technology and Human Rights’, 26 August 2021

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is pleased to announce its second in a series of online lunch-time panels showcasing the work of early career international lawyers.

This event follows the first panel on “Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions” featuring speakers Carina Bury of Universität Hamburg and Millicent McCreath of UNSW Law & Justice, chair Justice Nicola Pain of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, and commentator Dr Emma Carmody of the Environmental Defenders Office and Legal Advisor to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on 22 July 2021. A recording will be made available of this session.

This second panel is focused on “Armed Conflict, Technology and Human Rights” and features speakers Aneta Paretko of the University of Melbourne speaking on ‘A Human Rights Framework for Dealing with the Female Foreign Fighters of Islamic State’ and Helen Stamp of the University of Western Australia presenting on ‘Meaningful Assessments of Liability for Incidents involving Autonomous Weapons Systems: Informing Traditional Legal Forums through the Use of Algorithmic Accountability’. The event will be chaired by Molly Thomas of the International Criminal Court and the ILA Reporter and will feature commentator Dr Simon McKenzie of the University of Queensland. The panel will be held online on Thursday 26 August 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm AEST. Registration is free and through Eventbrite.

Future panels (with further details to be circulated) include ‘International Criminal Law: Practitioner Perspectives’ (September 16) and ‘International Investment Law’ (October). A flyer is included below.

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Event: ‘Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions’, 22 July 2021

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is pleased to announce its first in a series of online lunch-time panels showcasing the work of early career international lawyers.

The first panel will be on “Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions”. Speakers including Carina Bury of Universität Hamburg and Millicent McCreath of UNSW Law & Justice. Justice Nicola Pain at the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales will chair the panel, and Dr Emma Carmody at the Environmental Defenders Office and Legal Advisor to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will serve as Commentator. The panel will be held online on 22 July 2021 at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm AEST. Registration is through Eventbrite.

Future panels (with further details to be circulated) include ‘Emerging Topics in the Law of Armed Conflict’ (August 26), ‘International Criminal Law: Practitioner Perspectives’ (September 16) and ‘International Investment Law’ (October). A flyer is included below.

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Event Re-Cap: Developments in cyber and international law at the UN – Josephine Dooley

For the Australian National University’s Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) Seminar in April, key members of Australia’s delegation to the United Nations (UN) Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) discussed latest developments in cyber and international law at the UN.

The third and final substantive OEWG session was held in March. Importantly, on 12 March 2021, 193 States adopted a consensus report containing recommendations to address cyber threats and ‘promote an open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful’ international cyber environment (OEWG, Final Substantive Report UN Doc A/AC.290/2021/CRP.2, para 7 (‘OEWG Final Report’). The OEWG Final Report has now been endorsed by consensus by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). As part of that effort to improve peace and security in the cyber environment, the OEWG Final Report includes recommendations concerning the development of how international law applies in cyberspace, that States continue to:

  • Inform the UN Secretary-General, and through other appropriate avenues, of their national views and practices on how international law applies to states’ conduct in cyberspace  (Recommendation 38),
  • Support, in a neutral and objective manner, capacity-building of other States in developing their national views and practices, to contribute to building common understandings of and consensus on how international law applies in cyberspace (Recommendation 39), and
  • Participate in future UN processes on international law and cyber as a key step to clarify and further develop common understandings on the issue (Recommendation 40).

At the talk on 27 April 2021, participants were able to learn first-hand from key Australian representatives in the OEWG process what has been Australia’s role in the recognition and elaboration of the application of international law to cyberspace so far, and Australia’s perspective on the implications of the OEWG Final Report going forward. The Panel consisted of: 

  • Johanna Weaver, Special Adviser to Australia’s Cyber Ambassador and Head of Delegation on UN Cyber Processes,
  • Harry Aitken, Assistant Director, International Law Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),
  • Tess Kluckow, Senior Legal Officer, Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department (AGD), and 
  • Wing Commander Craig Deveney, Deputy Director, Operations and International Law Military Branch (Defence Legal).

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