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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 centre is managed by a committee comprised of the following associates: Irene Baghoomians, Chester Brown, Emily Crawford, Mary Crock, David Kinley, Jacqueline Mowbray, Rowan Nicholson, Luke Nottage, Ben Saul and 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



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).

Featured activities

Children, Migration and the Right to Health

The inaugural Children, Migration and the Right to Health Conference, was held on 25 - 26 July 2019 at Sydney Law School. It examined key issues facing the world's child migrants, including in relation to their right to healthcare, education and other social services, and the ways the law can be used to effect change in immigration detention.

The conference focused on the workshopping of new guidelines on Working with Migrant Children and Young People Seeking Protection.

View the conference report and program.



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.