Traversing divides: a symposium in honour of Deborah Cass

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Event details


Date & time

Friday 14 August 2015


Springbank Room, JG Crawford Building (132), Lennox Crossing, ANU


Prof. Tony Anghie (Univ. of Utah), Prof. Hilary Charlesworth (ANU), Jennifer Clarke, Prof. Kerry Rittich (Univ. of Toronto), Prof. Kim Rubenstein (ANU), Assoc. Prof. Margaret Young (Melb. Law School), and Prof. Gerry Simpson (Melb. Law School)


Centre for International & Public Law
02 6125 1096

This symposium honours the work of Deborah Cass, 15 February 1960 – 4 June 2013, a brilliant Australian constitutional and international lawyer. Deborah studied at the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School and taught at Melbourne Law School, The Australian National University and the London School of Economics. She was a member of The Australian National University’s Centre for International and Public Law from 1993 – 2000.

Deborah’s work offered illuminating new perspectives in a range of fields, from the right to self-determination, critical international legal theory, and feminist legal theory to the international trade law system. Deborah’s book, The Constitutionalization of the World Trade Organization: Legitimacy, Democracy, and Community in the International Trading System, won the annual prize of the American Society of International Law in 2006. The title of this symposium draws on one of her articles, ‘Traversing the Divide: International Law and Australian Constitutional Law’ (1998) 20 Adelaide Law Review 73.

Hosted by the Centre for International Governance and Justice, College of Asia and the Pacific, and the Centre for International & Public Law, ANU College of Law, this symposium draws together academics from around the globe to reflect on Deborah’s scholarship and contributions to public law and international law, and how they might influence current controversies.

Speakers will include Professor Tony Anghie (University of Utah), Professor Hilary Charlesworth (The Australian National University), Jennifer Clarke, Professor Kerry Rittich (University of Toronto), Professor Kim Rubenstein (The Australian National University) and Associate Professor Margaret Young (Melbourne Law School) and will conclude with reflections by Professor Gerry Simpson (Melbourne Law School).

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