About the Sydney Centre for International Law
The Sydney Centre for International Law was established in 2003 as a centre of excellence in research and teaching in international law. The Sydney Centre aims to foster interdisciplinary scholarship across the international legal field and to provide an avenue for all sectors of the public to access expertise in this field. The Sydney Centre operates within the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law and builds upon the Faculty’s well-recognised history of research, scholarship and teaching in public and private international law.
The Centre's Associates and Affiliates are involved in teaching, research, media and consultancy work, and publish widely in the international legal field. Our Advisory Board consists of distinguished international lawyers.
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Aims and objectives
The Centre promotes excellence in international law teaching by:
- Supporting Centre Associates in offering a range of innovative and specialised postgraduate courses in all areas of public and private international law;
- Attracting and providing a base for doctoral students of the highest calibre from around the world, and particularly from the Asia-Pacific region;
- Promoting the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition;
- Providing challenging internship and editorial opportunities for students.
The Centre contributes to international law scholarship and research by:
- Publishing the peer-reviewed Australian International Law Journal in conjunction with the International Law Association (Australian Branch);
- Hosting conferences, workshops and reading groups facilitating interaction among scholars of public and private international law and scholars working in related fields;
- Establishing and maintaining links with international legal scholars, practitioners and activists throughout the Asia-Pacific region and from around the world;
- Developing collaborative research projects involving Centre Associates and Affiliates, both regionally and internationally;
- Pursuing pro bono undertakings in the public interest and soliciting project funding from Australia and abroad for that purpose;
- Participating actively in public policy processes by making submissions to parliamentary inquiries into new laws and other law reform consultations;
- Convening regular public forums, seminars, lectures and training programs to promote informed debate on important issues of international law and contribute to capacity-building throughout the Asia-Pacific region;
- Enabling the media to obtain expert and independent commentary on topical issues of international law; and
- Providing independent advice on issues of public and private international law to a range of clients, including governments, corporations and non-governmental organisations, on a fee-based or pro bono basis as appropriate.