SCIL and CAPLUS present: building an Asia Pacific community

30 August 2011

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This event is co-presented by the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) and the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS), with support from the China Studies Centre (CSC).


SCIL seminar series 2011

The Sydney Centre for International Law presents its seminar series on cutting edge developments in public and private international law.

The seminars in the series will be presented by members of the Centre and by other experts including leading judges and practitioners who will share their expertise in key areas of public and private international law of relevance, allowing participants to stay up to date in these rapidly changing fields.

Topics to be addressed include the future of private international law in Australia, the regulation of the offshore oil and gas sector in light of international developments, new UN rules concerning the human rights and corporate activities, the legal implications of an emerging Asia-Pacific community and the ethics of cross-jurisdictional practice.

The seminars are designed to appeal to a broad audience. Lawyers and barristers will be entitled to accrue CPD units for attending the seminars.

30 May - Offshore resources law: recent developments
27 June - After Ruggie: the future of business and human rights - from courtrooms to boardrooms and beyond

3 August - Australia's new policy on investor-state dispute settlement
30 August - SCIL and CAPLUS present: building an Asia Pacific community
September - Ethics of cross-jurisdictional practice


SCIL and CAPLUS present: building an Asia Pacific community

Guest speakers

Chair and Discussant: Professor Peter Drysdale, Australian National University

Ms Irene Baghoomians, Sydney Law School
Mr Micah Burch, Sydney Law School

Professor Philomena Murray, University of Melbourne
Dr Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School
Professor Ben Saul, Sydney Law School

Dr Brett Williams, Sydney Law School

About the seminar

This session will consider regulatory implications of the proposal by Kevin Rudd to go beyond existing mechanisms within the vibrant Asia-Pacific region to promote better "habits of cooperation" in economic, security and socio-political affairs.

A leading political scientist and former diplomat, Professor Philomena Murray (University of Melbourne), will set this initiative in the context of existing institutions in the region as well as other parts of the world (EU, South America, Africa) as well as other recent developments proposals (including one from Japan for an "East Asia Community": see generally

As experts in international business law, Dr Luke Nottage, Dr Brett Williams and Mr Micah Burch will consider innovative ways to develop Free Trade Agreements and tax treaties to advance more ambitious yet sustainable economic integration, as well as more effective resolution and avoidance of disputes involving both states and firms within the region (see already: and

ProfessorBen Saul will examine regional securities issues.

Professor David Kinley and Ms Irene Baghoomians will consider human rights implications include new initiatives from ASEAN.

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Registration fees
Full fee: $165 (inc GST)
Sydney Law School alumni/Govt: $132 (inc GST)
F/T students/academics and NGO: $44 (inc GST)
CSC Members: FREE

CSC Members please note: to register your free attendance, please contact the Event Coordinator at email: to secure your place.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to 3 MCLE/CPD units.
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Time: 3-6pm (registration from 2.30pm; refreshments after the seminar)

Location: Minter Ellison Room, Level 13, St James Campus, 173 - 175 Phillip Street, Sydney

Cost: See above for details

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