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Interest Groups

ANZSIL’s Interest Groups provide a forum for in-depth discussion and the exchange of ideas amongst those with a particular interest in specific areas of international law. 
The ANZSIL Interest Group program is intended to provide a forum for affiliation, in-depth discussion and the exchange of ideas amongst ANZSIL members with a common interest in specific areas of international law. Interest Groups may be established in any area of international law, subject to the agreement of the ANZSIL Council and in accordance with the Guidelines for ANZSIL Interest Groups

The work of the International Economic Law Interest Group covers all areas of international economic law and its implementation in domestic law. The International Peace and Security Interest Group embraces a wide range of issues arising with respect to conflict, peace and security.  The Oceans and International Environmental Law Interest Group provides a forum for discussion and collaboration between ANZSIL members in all areas of law of the sea and international environmental law.

Membership of the Interest Groups is open to all current members of ANZSIL – to join an interest group, simply log in to the ANZSIL website using your dedicated username and password, and update your membership details (there is no additional fee).  

Upcoming events

International Peace and Security Interest Group

The ANZSIL International Peace and Security Interest Group (IPSIG) was established in 2014 to provide a space for those ANZSIL members who are interested in conflict, peace and security issues to connect with one another and exchange ideas. In terms of subject matter, the work of IPSIG includes:

  • the law on the use of force (jus ad bellum)
  • collective security under the UN Charter
  • the law of armed conflict (jus in bello)
  • the law of peacekeeping
  • security-related aspects of international human rights law
  • arms control and disarmament law; and
  • international and transnational criminal law.

IPSIG welcomes discussions of peace and security issues from a variety of theoretical and doctrinal perspectives.

Events and activities

IPSIG holds workshops where members of the group come together to share and discuss their work. The workshops not only provide a forum for discussing research and current issues, but also allow taking stock of best practices in teaching and public engagement on international peace and security law issues.

The first IPSIG workshop was held at Melbourne Law School (University of Melbourne) on 20 March 2015. There was strong interest in the workshop and nine ANZSIL members were selected through a blind review process to present their work. At the conclusion of the workshop there was a panel discussion from international law practitioners from DFAT, the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, the New Zealand Defence Force and the International Committee of the Red Cross. A copy of the programme can be accessed here. The workshops are intended to take place annually, with the location rotating around Australia and New Zealand.

In the future, IPSIG also intends to organise ad hoc seminars and panel discussions at various academic institutions.

Governance

IPSIG has a Committee to coordinate its work. Members of the Committee are elected by IPSIG members for two year periods. The terms of the Committee members are staggered so that half of the Committee is eligible for election every year. The Committee selects officers – at a minimum a Chair – from amongst its membership. 

The Committee currently comprises:

  • Monique Cormier, University of Melbourne (2018)
  • Emily Crawford, University of Sydney (2018)
  • Treasa Dunworth, University of Auckland (2017)   
  • Netta Goussac, International Committee of the Red Cross (2018)
  • Anna Hood, University of Auckland (2017)
  • Stephanie Ierino, Attorney-General’s Department (2017)
  • Rain Liivoja, University of Melbourne (Chair) (2017)  
  • Rob McLaughlin, Australian National University (2018)

The year in parentheses denotes the expiry of a Committee member's current term (mid-year).

 

International Economic Law Interest Group

The ANZSIL International Economic Law Interest Group (IELIG) was established in 2011 to provide a forum for those interested in international economic law, especially international regulation of trade, investment, intellectual property and monetary law. The work of the interest group covers all areas of international economic law and its implementation in domestic law, embracing both theoretical and practical aspects. The IELIG aims to maintain relevance for practitioners and academics alike and encourages discussion and exchange of ideas among all those involved in this field. 

Events and activities

The IELIG holds an annual symposium in the area of international trade and economic law, which encourages open and frank discussion between government, the profession and academics on trade law issues around the world. Eminent speakers and panellists discuss recent developments in trade law, regional and free trade agreements and other topical issues such as sanctions, corruption and anti-dumping measures. Links to the programs and proceedings from previous symposia can be found on the Events page.

Governance

The IELIG is coordinated by two Co-Chairs, and a Deputy Co-Chair, elected by IELIG members for a two year period. The current officeholders are:

Professor Chester Brown, University of Sydney, (Co-Chair)
Anna Kirk, Bankside Chambers (Co-chair)
Dr Christian Riffel, University of Canterbury (Deputy Co-Chair)

Oceans and International Environmental Law Interest Group

The newly established ANZSIL Oceans and International Environmental Law Interest Group provides a forum for discussion and collaboration between ANZSIL members in all areas of law of the sea and international environmental law. Given the significant maritime interests and unique environments of Australia and New Zealand, these are important areas of international law in which ANZSIL members have long been closely involved and made important contributions. This group seeks to continue and actively encourage this tradition, by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas, and the development of professional networks between academics, practitioners, public policy makers and students of international law on issues relating to the law of the sea and international environmental law. The group encompasses a wide range of subject matters including:

  • Maritime boundaries
  • International fisheries
  • Marine biodiversity
  • Maritime security
  • Maritime law
  • Marine pollution and marine scientific research
  • Offshore resources
  • Environmental law
  • Climate change

The group welcomes discussion on all of these topics from a wide range of theoretical, practical and cross-disciplinary perspectives, as well as broader discussion on issues such as international dispute settlement and the development of conventional and customary international law in these areas.

Governance

The Interest Group is coordinated by two Co-Chairs, elected by Interest Group members for a two-year period, as set out in the ANZSIL Interest Group Guidelines. The current officeholders are Camille Goodman (ANU) and Holly Matley (AGD).

Events and Activities

On Friday 24 February 2017 the OIELIG held its inaugural event, a workshop on ‘Law Beyond Boundaries: innovative mechanisms for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction’ in association with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. This workshop was convened to facilitate discussions on the progress of the Preparatory Committee established to develop elements of a draft text for an internationally legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for participants from academia, government and civil society to engage in detailed discussion on the broad range of legal and other issues associated with these developments.

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