The 26th ANZSIL Conference: International Law: From the Local to the Global

  • 05 Jul 2018
  • 9:00 AM (NZST)
  • 07 Jul 2018
  • 1:00 PM (NZST)
  • Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Law New Zealand


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The 26th ANZSIL Annual Conference will take place from Thursday, 5 July, to Saturday, 7 July 2018 at Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Law, New Zealand   

The international setting is transforming rapidly, with significant changes in the national political scene of many countries creating new challenges and opportunities for international law. The 26th ANZSIL Annual Conference will be an opportunity to explore a range of themes.

The intersection of domestic law and politics with international law

The 2017 ANZSIL Conference explored the role of international law in an age of nationalism, which is continuing to have an influence in many states. How do domestic law and politics affect international law? Are some national legal systems becoming more open or more closed to international influences? If so what are the reasons for this? And to what extent are there major differences in the ways in which national legal systems conceptualise international law? Does this undermine assumptions about the universality of international law?  

The intersection between regionalism and globalism

There is ongoing tension in international law between the development of global rules and institutions, and the ascendancy of regionalism – as seen for example in the preference for regional trade agreements over new WTO rules and the argument that the international community has no role to play in security disputes in particular regions. Does this move challenge the international rule of law, or is it an opportunity for international law to respond to the needs of particular groups of states?

The emergence of new (and old) global challenges

New challenges are arising for the international community all the time. Meanwhile, the existing challenges continue, but in a time at which national interests are sometimes being promoted over the stability of the international order. Are the existing international legal frameworks capable of effectively responding to these developments? Are the principles on which our international legal order are based under threat? Or can we be confident that the international rule of law is sufficiently robust that our contemporary challenges are no more problematic than those that arose in the past?

Keynote speakers at the conference will include:

  • Vincent Bernard, editor in chief of the International Review of the Red Cross and head, ICRC Law and Policy Forum
  • Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Chancellor, University of Western Australia;
  • Professor Campbell McLachlan QC, Victoria University of Wellington;
  • Professor Anne Orford, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor; Michael D Kirby Professor of International Law; and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, University of Melbourne;
  • Professor Yun Zhao, Head of Department of Law, University of Hong Kong

Conference dinner

The Conference dinner will be held at Te Marae, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and includes canapes, a three course meal and drinks.  Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the registration page.

How to register

Please use the registration link at the bottom of the menu on the left and follow the prompts to register securely online.

Please note that registration rates are in Australian Dollars (AUD)

Registration rates include morning and afternoon tea, and lunch. 

Note for conference speakers: Your place in the program will not be confirmed until you have registered for the conference.

Note for overseas attendees: When you pay via Paypal, you may need to change the country setting using the drop down box, because the default country is Australia.

Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy

An AU$50 administrative fee applies to all registration cancellations. A registrant must provide the registration confirmation details (including the email address used to pay via paypal) when submitting a written cancellation request to 

Cancellation requests will NOT be taken over the telephone.

Refunds will not be issued on cancellations received after 21 June 2018.

Conference no-shows are ineligible for a refund.

Cancelling a hotel reservation will not affect a conference registration. Please contact your hotel separately.


For discounted accommodation options in Wellington, please see here.

Contact us:

ANZSIL Secretariat | Centre for International and Public Law 
ANU College of Law | The Australian National University | 5 Fellows Road | Canberra ACT 2601

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