Flight MH370: International Law and How We Use It

A seminar of the Queensland Chapter of the International Law Association.


The mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, and the search for it, provide an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the complexity and reach of international law, and how it plays an essential but usually unnoticed role in our everyday lives.  The facts connect an array of international treaties and international organisations, in areas such as air transport and navigation, satellite communication, search and rescue, claims for compensation, and hostile acts against civilian aircraft.  Some of these are well known, but the discussion will also explore some less familiar nooks and crannies of international law.


Our speaker Dr Shane Monks is a Brisbane barrister.  He specialises in commercial matters (with a particular interest in cross-jurisdictional litigation) and also advises on public international law.  From 2001 to 2004 Dr Monks was a stipendiary lecturer at New College, Oxford University, where he primarily taught international law and contract.  He had previously completed a doctoral thesis at the University of Sydney on the use of international law in domestic courts, and a research masters at Oxford that examined investor-state arbitrations concerning expropriation claims. 


Attendance is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Full-time students are free.


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Date & Time:

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday 7 August 2014


Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle St
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