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Sydney Centre for International Law

Outstanding scholarship in global and transnational law

The Sydney Centre for International Law is a hub of international legal thought and debate in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The Sydney Centre for International Law was established in 2003 as a centre of excellence in research and teaching in international law. The centre fosters innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship across the international legal field, and also provides an avenue for the public to access international legal expertise. It operates within the University of Sydney Law School, building upon its well-recognised history of strength in this area.



The Public International Law Webinar Series

The organisers (the Sydney Centre for International Law, Fietta LLP (London), Essex Court Chambers (London), Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore Group Practice), and Rajah & Tann (Singapore)) are pleased to invite you to attend a public international law webinar series that will bring together leading public international law practitioners, academics and arbitrators to discuss topical issues of global importance.

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WEBINAR: Thu 29 October 2020, 9pm AEST (register here)

Who Represents the State?


  • Lucas Bastin, Essex Court Chambers
  • David Isidore Tan, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP


  • Samuel Wordsworth QC, Essex Court Chambers
  • Dr Rowan Nicholson, The Sydney Centre for International Law at The University of Sydney Law School
  • Laura Rees-Evans, Fietta LLP

WEBINAR: Wed 4 November 2020, 8.30pm AEST (register here)

How States Organise Their Defence of International Claims


  • Professor Chester Brown, The Sydney Centre for International Law at The University of Sydney Law School, and Essex Court Chambers
  • Ashique Rahman, Fietta LLP


  • George Pothan, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
  • Bill Campbell QC, Australian National University, and formerly Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department, Australia
  • Daphne Hong, International Affairs Division, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Singapore
  • Christopher Stephen, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the United Kingdom

WEBINAR 5: Tue 10 November 2020, 8.30pm AEST (register here)

The Public International Law Year in Review


  • Jackie McArthur, Essex Court Chambers
  • Ryce Lee, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP


  • Sir Michael Wood, Twenty Essex
  • Dr Nilüfer Oral, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
  • Rodman Bundy, Harry Elias Partnership LLP
  • Dr Emily Crawford, The Sydney Centre for International Law at The University of Sydney

Closing address by Professor Vaughan Lowe QC, Essex Court Chambers, and the University of Oxford.

Internships are offered periodically and will be advertised in the law student newsletter. For more information on internships, visit Resources - Sydney Law Students (in Canvas).

The centre is managed by a committee comprised of the following associates: Ms Irene Baghoomians, Professor Chester Brown, Assoc. Professor Emily Crawford, Professor Mary Crock, Dr Rosemary Grey, Professor David Kinley, Associate Professor Jacqueline Mowbray, Dr Rowan Nicholson, Professor Luke Nottage, Professor Ben Saul and Professor Tim Stephens.

  • Emeritus Professor Ivan Shearer AM, RFD, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Chair of the Advisory Board
  • Professor Philip Alston, New York University School of Law 
  • Dr Rosalie Balkin, Legal Director, International Maritime Organization
  • Mr Bill Campbell QC, Office of International Law, Australian Attorney-General’s Department
  • Professor Christine Chinkin, Department of Law, London School of Economics 
  • Professor James Crawford SC, Faculty of Law, Cambridge University
  • Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
  • HE Judge C Weeramantry, Former judge of the International Court of Justice; Director, Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research, Colombo 
  • Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi, Senshu University Law School; former Chair of the WTO Appellate Body

International law mooting

Centre members have supported students’ successful involvement in a range of international law mooting competitions. You can access general information on moots open to student participation within Sydney Law School and beyond via the Sydney University Law Students Society (SULS) website. Students who enrol in the International Moot unit (LAWS3489/LAWS5189) may prepare for a range of competitions. For further information and staff contacts about any one of these moots, please contact the Centre Administrator.