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ILA Australian Branch welcomes Sri Lankan delegation

In collaboration with the University of New South Wales and Australia Awards, a group of ten senior lawyers of the Sri Lankan Attorney General’s Department recently visited Sydney to participate in a one week intensive course on International Commercial Arbitration, held from 30 April to 4 May 2018. 

Course convener, Damian Sturzaker (Partner, Marque Lawyers, Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW) was joined by a host of guest speakers including Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, the Honourable James Allsop AO.  Topics over the week included the law, rules and institutions relevant to the Asia Pacific region, issues relating to commencing arbitral proceedings and conducting hearings, investor-state disputes (of which Sri Lanka has experience, having participated in one of the earliest ICSID cases (see final award here), and treaty negotiations.

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The Australian Branch of the ILA was pleased to be involved in the course not only through Mr Sturzaker (immediate past President), but also through guest speakers such as Management Committee member Jo Delaney (Partner, Baker McKenzie) and President Dr Chris Ward SC (6 St James Hall Chambers). Dr Ward delivered a lecture on the enforcement of arbitral awards in Asia and provided his insights at an afternoon workshop held at UNSW.   

The course was a giant success on all accounts and we hear that the participants are keen to ensure that their fellow colleagues back in Sri Lanka are given similar opportunities to visit Sydney to participate in the not-too-distant future. Should there be a repeat, the Australian Branch will no doubt be keen to be involved again.

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Upcoming event: End of Year Function with Prof Rosalind Croucher and Annual General Meeting (Sydney)

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is hosting an end of year function on Monday, 4 December 2017 featuring a presentation by Professor Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. The event is being hosted by Baker & McKenzie at their offices on Level 27, AMP Centre, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney, from 5:30pm. Details…Continue Reading

EVENT (Sydney)–The Future of Hong Kong: 20 Years After Handover

  5 October 2017, 18:00-19:30, Sydney 20 years ago, Britain handed over the colony of Hong Kong to Mainland China. Fast forward to the present, and the relationship between the Mainland and its Special Administrative Region is becoming increasingly turbulent. Hong Kong is allegedly governed under the “One country, two systems” approach, where it is…Continue Reading

Call for papers – Volume 23 of the Australian International Law Journal

The Australian International Law Journal, published by the International Law Association (Australian Branch), is calling for papers of between 6,000 and 12,000 words on topics of public or private international law. Casenotes (2,000-3,000 words) and book reviews (1,000 words) within the area of public or private international law are also welcome. Papers should be submitted by…Continue Reading

Call for applications for the 2018 Nygh Internship

Applications for the 2018 Nygh Internship are now open. This award supports a postgraduate student or graduate of an Australian law school to undertake an internship with The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands by providing funds to cover the cost of travel and a contribution towards living expenses. Applications close 30 September…Continue Reading

New issue of the Martin Place Papers

The Martin Place Papers are an occasional series published by the International Law Association (Australian Branch) to provide wider access to the proceedings and outcomes of ILA sponsored seminars and conferences. No 7 in this series has now been published. Martin Place Paper No 7, The International Law Context of Recent Developments in Indigenous Policy…Continue Reading

Are you ILA Australia’s next Social Media Coordinator?

[Please distribute widely] The Australian Branch of the International Law Association is looking for a Social Media Coordinator, who will be responsible for maintaining and growing the online presence of the Australian Branch. This will include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It is a great opportunity to work with some of the leading international lawyers in…Continue Reading

2017 Jessup Moot Competition: ILA awards Harold Snelling Prize to the University of Sydney

At a formal dinner in the atrium of the High Court in Canberra on Saturday 11 February 2017 to mark the end of the Australian qualifying round of the 2017 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Australian Branch of the International Law Association presented the Harold Snelling Prize to the members of…Continue Reading

UPDATED PAYMENT INFORMATION: Upcoming Event (Sydney): The rule of law in investment arbitration, 23 February

    “The Rule of Law in Investment Arbitration” Professor August Reinisch You are cordially invited to attend a seminar presented by Professor August Reinisch, Chair of the ILA Rule of Law and International Investment Law Committee and Member of the International Law Commission on“The Rule of Law in Investment Arbitration”. Date   Thursday 23…Continue Reading