international law

Technology, politics and future challenges for the regulation of outer space

The use of space and space-related technology impacts upon all aspects of our lives. Every country is dependent on space for its ongoing functioning and development.

This dependence on space has given rise to a rapid and exponential expansion of technological development, and humankind is now engaged in a vast (and growing) array of space activities, many of which were not contemplated even a few short years ago.

Chinese and Russian approaches to international law

In 2016, China and Russia issued a Joint Declaration on the Promotion of International Law, which reflects a different understanding to the West on a number of foundational points about the content and scope of international law.

Tensions are also increasingly playing out between China and Russia, acting individually or collectively, and the West across a range of issues, including Responsibility to Protect, Syria, Crimea, the South China Sea, Cyber Security and freedom of navigation in exclusive economic zones.

Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council

You are invited to the launch of Strengthening the Rule of Law through the United Nations Security Council. The proposals, authored by Jeremy Farrall and Hilary Charlesworth, were presented to the Security Council in New York on 25 April this year. These were followed by the publication of a book by Routledge. Now the proposals will be formally launched.

Introduction: Dr Alan Ryan, Executive Director or the Australian Civil-Military Centre

Is international law international?

International lawyers are familiar with the question: “Is international law law?” However, this seminar asks a different question: “Is international law international?”

International law is premised on the idea that it is “universal” in the sense of being equally applicable to all states and being based on the consent and practice of all states. This promise of universality suggests that it is both identical in its application across the globe and inclusive in its global origins. But how well does international law live up to its own ideals?

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