Call for Expressions of Interest: ILA Committees, 14 October 2022

The Executive Council of the International Law Association establishes Committees to undertake research and report on carefully mandated areas of international law.  The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is currently accepting expressions of interest for two of these Committees: the International Tax Law Committee and the Committee on Enforcing the Rights of Children in Migration.

The International Tax Law Committee is chaired by Juliane Kokott (German Branch) and Pasquale Pistone (Austrian Branch). The Committee on Enforcing the Rights of Children in Migration will continue the work commenced by the Study Group on Cross-Border Violations of Children’s Rights. The Committee intends to publish a book focused specifically on the enforcement of the rights of children in migration and to develop a set of recommendations (best practices) for countries interacting with children in migration and will be chaired by Warren Binford (US Branch), Michael Garcia Bochenek (UK Branch) and Ann Skelton (South Africa Branch).

The Australian Branch is currently seeking expressions of interest in nomination for these Committees. Expressions of interest outlining your relevant expertise for the work of the Committee(s) and a full CV should be sent to secretary@ila.org.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday 14 October 2022. Please note that only members of the Australian Branch are eligible for nomination. 

Events and Opportunities – June 2022

Jobs

Internships, various UN departments and agencies, various locations

A variety of UN internship positions are currently open. Please see the following links for internship positions:

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=171244&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=170949&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=166998&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=167956&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=166988&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=167348&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=178768&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=174490&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=172991&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=182791&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=182784&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=175219&Lang=en-US

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=180225&Lang=en-US

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Legal Consultant, International Rescue Committee, Tripoli

Applications are accepted now: https://www.impactpool.org/jobs/819511?utm_source=impactpool-job-opportunities&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=job-alerts-2022-06-15&fbclid=IwAR2qjEhEIEUQGxHn6NzDiuWW9kNzjpsh_BpZCVrxRQRukH2aoBznND-LVqw

International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee Member – Chairperson – NSW, Sydney

Applications close on 21 June 2022: https://volunteering.redcross.org.au/cw/en/job/498377/international-humanitarian-law-ihl-advisory-committee-member-chairperson-nsw

Legal Officer, P3, Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva

Applications close on 24 June 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=178722&Lang=en-US 

Legal Officer, P3, United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Bogota

Applications close on 24 June 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=181882&Lang=en-US 

Human Rights Officer, P4, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Beirut

Applications close on 26 June 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=181191&Lang=en-US&fbclid=IwAR2UX5cUKHuZKYZ_oGF0BGKdkAylxHQztuVOGVxGFgzqUEfUeNnUvj1xXTQ

Advisor to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague

Applications close on 27 June 2022: https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=22004&company=1657261P

Legal Advisor, Middle East and North Africa Programme, International Commission of Jurists, Tunis

Applications close on 29 June 2022: https://www.icj.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/VA-Legal-Adviser-_June-2022.pdf

Armed Forces and Non-State Armed Groups Delegate, International Committee of the Red Cross, Global Deployment Option

Applications close on 30 June 2022: https://careers.icrc.org/job/Geneva-%28GVA%29-Armed-Forces-and-Non-State-Armed-Groups-Delegate-18426/803044401/

Legal Officer, P4, United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa

Applications close on 5 July 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=183161&Lang=en-US

Legal/Evaluation Officer, P3, UN Office of Legal Affairs, New York

Applications close on 6 July 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=179375&Lang=en-US

Humanitarian advisor on forced migration, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Brussels

Applications close on 6 July 2022: https://reliefweb.int/job/3857041/humanitarian-advisor-forced-migration-mfx-msf-belgium?fbclid=IwAR32b-XQXx-Kc9m0u9cXtfBFf5fZ8GLSFebgWn2s7G3lc94MJXU2wG0p8MA

Senior Legal Officer, P5, International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, The Hague

Applications close on 7 July 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=183007&Lang=en-US

Legal Officer, P3, International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, The Hague

Applications close on 7 July 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=182468&Lang=en-US

Associate, Crisis and Conflict, Human Rights Watch, New York or Washington DC

Applications close on 10 July 2022: https://boards.greenhouse.io/humanrightswatch/jobs/6215748002

Legal Assistant, G6, UN Office of Legal Affairs, New York

Applications close on 12 July 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=183925&Lang=en-US 

Legal Officer, P3, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Nairobi

Applications close on 24 July 2022: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=181653&Lang=en-US

Visiting Professional – Chambers/Cae Law Database, International Criminal Court, The Hague

Applications close on 24 July 2022: https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=21718&company=1657261P

Further study and research opportunities

Postgraduate fellow, Just Security, New York

Applications close on 30 June 2022: https://www.justsecurity.org/just-security-is-hiring-postgraduate-fellow/

Research Associate, Oceans Law and Policy Team, National University of Singapore

Applications close on 15 July 2022: https://careers.nus.edu.sg/NUS/job/Bukit-Timah-Estate-Research-Associate%2C-Oceans-Law-and-Policy-Team-Buki/8929944/

Brennan and Nygh Prizes

The Australian Branch of the International Law Association is calling for submissions for the Brennan Essay Prize in Public International Law and the Nygh Essay Prize in Private International Law. Submissions are due on 15 July 2022 and further details are available on the ILA (AB)’s website: ila.org.au. 

Events

Introductory course – Fundamentals of International Humanitarian Law

The College of Law Western Australia is hosting a three-hour introductory course on IHL on 21 June 2022. More information here: https://events.humanitix.com/fundamentals-of-international-humanitarian-law?_ga=2.219375129.108101072.1654236628-1211498612.1654236628

International Insolvency Research Symposium: “Insolvency Current Issues”

Hosted online 12-14 July 2022 by the University of Sydney. More information here: https://law-events.sydney.edu.au/events/international-insolvency-research-symposium-insolvency-current-issues

Australian Red Cross Book Group: Gareth Evans

The Australian Red Cross Book Club has regular Readings sessions. On 27 July 2022, the club will be joined by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans AC QC to discuss his new book on good international citizenship. More information here: https://www.readings.com.au/event/australian-red-cross-book-group-gareth-evans

Call for Submissions: Brennan Essay Prize in Public International Law and the Nygh Essay Prize in Private International Law

The Australian Branch of the International Law Association is calling for submissions for the Brennan Essay Prize in Public International Law and the Nygh Essay Prize in Private International Law. These two prizes – named in honour of Sir Gerard Brennan, former Chief Justice of Australia and Patron of the Branch, and Dr Peter Nygh, a leading Australian scholar of private international law and former President of the Branch – are awarded to the authors of essays in the field of public international law and private international law (conflict of laws).

The prizes are awarded for essays that, in the opinion of a judging panel of three persons appointed by the Management Committee of the Australian Branch of the International Law Association, demonstrate outstanding scholarship and make a distinct contribution to an understanding of the subject.

The prizes are open to any Australian citizen, or person normally resident in Australia, or studying in Australia. The competition is intended to recognise and encourage achievement by a younger scholar or practitioner (a student or within five years of graduation). The judging of the essays will consider the stage of career of the entrant and assess those entries relative to opportunity to account for different levels of experience. The decision of the panel shall be final.

Each prize will be in the form of a certificate, a year’s membership of the International Law Association, and cash in the amount of $500.

Essays submitted in consideration for the prize should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length (including footnotes). They may have been submitted previously for course credit in an academic institution but not published or submitted for publication. An electronic copy must be submitted along with a short CV clearly indicating stage of career.

The essay must be the sole creation and original work of the entrant. No person may submit more than one entry for each annual competition.

The winner will be encouraged to submit the winning entry to the Australian International Law Journal for publication. The award does not guarantee that it will be published in the Journal.

Essays for the prize to be awarded in 2022 should be sent to the email address of the Secretary of the Australian Branch at secretary@ila.org.au . Entries must be received no later than 15 July 2022. The results will be made available on the web site of the ILA www.ila.org.au on (approximately) 31 August 2022. Winners will be notified by email.

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.

Call for Applications: Nygh Internship, 30 January 2022

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA (AB)) are pleased to present the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship. The award will support a post – graduate student or graduate of an Australian law school to undertake an internship with The Hague Conference on Private International Law (The Hague Conference) in the Netherlands by providing funds to cover the cost of travel to the Netherlands and a contribution towards living expenses. Applications for the 2022 Nygh Internship are now open. Please see below for more information about the award and how to apply.

The Internship

The award will provide a post-graduate student or graduate with the opportunity to work with some of the leading private international law practitioners in the world. With over 80 members (including the European Union) representing all major regions and legal systems, The Hague Conference is a global intergovernmental organisation. A melting pot of different legal traditions, The Hague Conference aims for the ‘progressive unification’ of the various State private international law rules. The work of The Hague Conference involves finding internationally agreed approaches to jurisdiction of courts, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments. This is achieved through the development and servicing of multilateral legal conventions which respond to global needs in the areas of international commercial law and banking, international civil procedure, international protection of children, international family and family property relations, international legal co-operation and litigation as well as international judicial and administrative co-operation. Activities of The Hague Conference are coordinated by a multinational Secretariat – the Permanent Bureau – located in The Hague. The Conference’s working languages are English and French. The successful intern will work for 5 to 6 months under the direction of the Secretariat assisting with research, translation and preparation of meetings in accordance with the needs of the lawyers of the Permanent Bureau.

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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: 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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Announcement of Brennan Prize Winner: Jack McNally, ‘Restrictions on the Freedom of Navigation in the Northern Sea Route: Implications for Arcticus Liberum’

The Australian Branch of the International Law Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Brennan Essay Prize in Public International Law. The Brennan Prize is named for Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QBS QC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Patron of the Branch. Sir Gerard was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1981 and appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the law in 1988.

The winner of the 2021 Brennan Prize is Jack McNally, for his paper ‘Restrictions on the Freedom of Navigation in the Northern Sea Route: Implications for Arcticus Liberum’. Mr McNally is a final year Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student at the University of New South Wales. He currently works as a Research Assistant at UNSW Law, where his research focusses on public international law, the law of the sea and international dispute settlement, and as a Law Clerk in the International Arbitration Group of King & Wood Mallesons. The Australian Branch of the International Law Association expresses its congratulations to Mr McNally on his successful entry.

Mr McNally

The abstract for the paper is included below:

The freedom of navigation is one of the fundamental principles of international order. However, as the effects of anthropogenic climate change grow greater and the extent of Arctic sea ice continues to decline, a question arises as to whether, and to what degree, the freedom of navigation applies in formerly ice-covered areas. This question is not an abstract one. Arctic States have asserted extensive sovereign rights over formerly ice-covered shipping routes, imposing restrictions on the freedom of navigation of both merchant vessels and warships. Whether these restrictions are valid impositions on the freedom of navigation is an unresolved question, complicated by the genuine interests of littoral States in the protection of the Arctic’s highly sensitive marine environment. If, however, these restrictions are acquiesced in by the international community, they may operate to restrict the freedom of navigation and diminish its content in formerly ice-covered areas. Accordingly, there is a need for States to strike a balance between permitting restrictions on the freedom of navigation that pursue environmental protection, while contesting those that exceed what is permitted under international law. This article seeks to provide the necessary legal framework to enable States to undertake that balancing exercise and to, in turn, ensure the Arctic remains mare liberum.

Announcement of Nygh Prize Winner: Michael Douglas, ‘Does Choice of Law Matter?’

The Australian Branch of the International Law Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Nygh Essay Prize in Private International Law. This prize is named in honour of the late Dr Peter Nygh AM, a leading Australian scholar of private international law and former President of the Branch. Dr Nygh was a judge of the Family Court of Australia, a member of Australia’s first delegation to, and played an integral role in, The Hague Conference on Private International Law and was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government as well as the Order of Australia, partly in recognition of his outstanding and longstanding contribution to private international law, and in particular his representation of Australia at The Hague Conference.

The winner of the 2021 Nygh Prize is Michael Douglas for his paper ‘Does Choice of Law Matter?’ Mr Douglas is completing his PhD in private international law at Sydney Law School. He works as an academic at UWA Law School and in a litigation firm in Perth. The Australian Branch of the International Law Association expresses its congratulations to Mr Douglas on his successful entry.

The abstract for the paper is included below:

We ought to rethink how we understand the conflict of laws in Australia with respect to forum statutes. Views which may be orthodox in conflict of laws scholarship no longer align to the proper treatment of forum statutes in cross-border civil litigation in Australian courts. Statutory interpretation is of primary importance in determining issues in cross-border litigation before Australian courts involving forum statutes. As most cases involve statutes, statutory interpretation is thus of primary importance to most cross-border litigation. This approach is statutist, in that, like the statutism of centuries ago, it favours interpretation as the method to determine issues of territorial scope of law. It also follows in the tradition of Currie’s governmental interest analysis in that it favours the interests of forum institutions in resolution of questions in cases with a foreign element. Choice of law, in the traditional sense of its traditional techniques, still matters. But statutory interpretation matters more in the actual life of the law. This ought to be embraced by scholars and teachers. Perhaps then the realm of the conflict of laws will be less dismal, less mysterious and more comprehensible to those who understand the law better than many of those in the ivory tower: actual lawyers.

Mr Douglas