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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.

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Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL): “year in review” conference

February 26 2021

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SCIL’s annual ‘year in review’ conference expdlore the developments in international law over the preceding year, especially those most salient for Australia.

Presentations:

  • “International law and the case of Julian Assange”, by Jennifer Robinson (Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers; Counsel for Assange)
  • Australia’s troubled Indigenous-Settler histories with Dr Cassandra Pybus, author of Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse (Allan & Unwin, 2020).

Panels:

  • International criminal law
  • International environmental law
  • The rights of people with disabilities
  • Australia’s changing relationship with international law
  • Private, commercial and international investment law.

Listen to SCIL's new podcast series "Sydney Talks International Law" - a coffee break length podcast where we chat with SCIL researchers & collaborators about their research.

Latest podcast: Dr Emily Crawford, Associate Professor at Sydney Law School, discusses her upcoming book on non-binding (or "soft") norms in international humanitarian law. Hosted by Dr Rosemary Grey, Sydney Centre for International Law.

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Books

Mary Crock, Kate Bones, Daniel Ghezelbash, Jemma Hollonds and Mary Anne Kenny Children

Young People in Asylum and Refugee Processes: Towards Best Practice

(The Federation Press 2020)

This important book is designed to assist migration agents, lawyers, social workers and other relevant professionals to effectively represent the rights and interests of migrant children and young people seeking protection in Australia. It covers both the law and policy and cultural competence and practices. It provides practical tools and suggestions about issues that commonly arise when assisting young non-citizens who apply for protection or other status in Australia.

Luke Nottage

International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration: Australia and Japan in Regional and Global Contexts

(Edward Elgar 2021)

This thought-provoking book combines analysis of international commercial and investment treaty arbitration in order to examine how they have been framed by the twin tensions of ‘in/formalisation’ and ‘glocalisation’. Taking a comparative approach, the book focuses on Australia and Japan in their attempts to become regional hubs for international arbitration and dispute resolution services in the increasingly influential Asia-Pacific context as well as a global context.

John Pace

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights: ‘A Very Great Enterprise’

(Oxford University Press 2020)

In this book, John P. Pace provides the most complete account to-date of the United Nations human rights programme, both in substance and in chronological breadth. Pace worked at the heart of this programme for over thirty years, including as the Secretary of the Commission on Human Rights, and Coordinator of the World Conference on Human Rights, which took place in Vienna in 1993.

Stacie Strong

Legal Reasoning Across Commercial Disputes Comparing Judicial and Arbitral Analyses

(Oxford University Press 2020)

This work provides important insights into how judges and arbitrators resolve complex commercial disputes in both national and international settings. The analysis is built from three major research sources which ensures that the analysis can bridge evidence of perception, behaviours, and outcomes amongst judges and arbitrators. A statistical survey provides a benchmark and point of comparison with the subjective statements arising from an extensive programme of interviews and questionnaires to provide an objective lens on the reasoning process that informs decisions and awards in practice.

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Edited collections

Ben Saul (ed.) 

Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism (2nd edition)

(Edward Elgar 2020) 

This newly revised and updated second edition of the Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism provides a comprehensive overview of international counter-terrorism law and practice from the perspectives of human rights, the law of armed conflict, the law on use of force, and international criminal law. Brand new and revised chapters provide critical commentary on the law from leading scholars and practitioners in the field.

Luke Nottage, Shahla Ali, Bruno Jetin and Nobumichi Teramura (eds)

New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

(Wolters Kluwer 2020)

An invaluable book that challenges the existing procedures and frameworks for cross-border dispute resolution in commercial and treaty arbitration. The eastward shift in international dispute resolution has already involved initiatives not only to improve support for international commercial arbitration (ICA) and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) but also to develop alternatives, such as international commercial courts and mediation. This remarkable book focuses on these initiatives and their accompanying case law and trends in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Ben Saul and Dapo Akande (eds)

The Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law

(Oxford University Press 2020)

The Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law provides a practical yet sophisticated overview of this important area of law. Written by a stellar line up of contributors, drawn from those who not only have extensive practical experience but who are also regarded as leading scholars of the subject, the text offers a comprehensive and authoritative exposition of the field. The Guide provides professionals and advanced students with information and analysis of sufficient depth to enable them to perform their tasks with understanding and confidence. Each chapter illuminates how the law applies in practice, but does not shy away from the important conceptual issues that underpin how the law has developed. It will serve as a first port of call and a regular reference work for those interested in international humanitarian law.

International criminal law internship: 2021

In April-June 2021, SCIL is running a 'pilot' International Criminal Law (ICL) Internship, supervised by SCIL Co-Director, Dr Rosemary Grey.

ICL is concerned with prosecuting individual people for crimes under international law, such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression. ICL is enforced by international courts, such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as well as in national courts that have jurisdiction over genocide etc. under domestic law. 

Students in this co-curricular internship will gain ICL knowledge and skills by assisting a United Nations (UN) entity's research into potential crimes under international law. Each intern will attend an initial 3-hour orientation session, and then complete 5 full days* or 10 half-days over the months of April to June 2021. Successful applicants will be required to sign and abide by a UN confidentiality agreement.

This opportunity is open to LLB and JD students who have completed criminal law, with a preference for those who have also completed (or are currently enrolled in) public international law. Note: This is a co-curricular learning opportunity, i.e. it is not for course credit or remuneration. 

* Suggested hours are 9-5pm, in the SCIL Room at Sydney Law School. Adjustments will be made to accommodate childcare responsibilities, disability, and similar circumstances. 

To apply, please email rosemary.grey@sydney.edu.au by Monday 22 March 2021. 

  • Please use subject line: "ICL internship: Surname, Given Name"
  • Please include a short statement that demonstrates your suitability for this internship, i.e. evidence of your ability to meet deadlines, conduct high quality legal research, to respond to feedback, and any other professional or volunteer experience that you consider relevant (up to 400 words) 
  • Please attach a short reflection (up to 200 words) that expresses your opinion on a recent ICL news story. 
  • Please confirm: (a) your availability for the specified time commitment and (b) your understanding that signing a UN confidentiality agreement is a requirement of this internship.
  • Please attach your academic transcript.

Please be mindful that following the above instructions will reflect well on your application. 

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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.