Early Career Members

Members of the Australian Branch of the ILA (ILA(AB)) who are starting out in careers in international law, or who are interested in pursuing careers in international law, are encouraged to become involved in the work of the organisation. A discounted rate for membership is available to students: please see the Membership Application page to apply.

This page sets out different ways that Early Career Members may participate in the activities of the ILA (AB) and provides a range of resources for pursuing careers in international law.


The ILA (AB) regularly sponsors events addressing topical issues in international law and involving speakers who are working in the field of international law. While most events are open to all members, some are specifically targeted for Early Career Members. Please see the Events page for further information.

Contributions to the Australian International Law Journal

Early Career Members are invited to submit case notes or book reviews for consideration for publication in the Australian International Law Journal. Case notes should be on recent decisions of national or international courts dealing with important questions of public or private international law, and comprise both descriptive and critical analysis.  Further information on submission is available on the Australian International Law Journal page.

Nygh & Brennan Essay Competitions

Each year, the Australian Branch invites submissions for the Nygh Prize in Private International Law and the Brennan Prize in Public International Law.

These two prizes, named in honour of the late Dr Peter Nygh, a leading Australian scholar of private international law, and Sir Gerard Brennan, former Chief Justice of Australia and Patron of the Branch, are awarded to the authors of essays in the field of Private International Law (Conflict of Laws) and Public International Law, respectively, which demonstrate outstanding scholarship and make a distinct contribution to an understanding of the subject. The prize is open to any Australian citizen, or person normally resident in Australia or studying in Australia. The competition is intended to recognize and encourage achievement by a student, or younger scholar or practitioner of law. Essays submitted for consideration for the Prize should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words in length, and written in the year the prize is offered. They may have been submitted previously for course credit in an academic institution.

Internships in International Law

Undertaking internships in international organisations or non-governmental organisations may provide an excellent insight into the practical application of international law and increase your network of contacts for future employment opportunities.

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association invite applications for the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship. This prize enables an Australian student or graduate of law to complete an internship with the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands. Further details are available at the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship page.