The 27th ANZSIL Conference: International law futures: the intersection of law with knowledge, information and expertise

  • 04 Jul 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 06 Jul 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Canberra

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The 27th ANZSIL Annual Conference will take place from Thursday, 4 July, to Saturday, 6 July 2019 at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

  Conference program

Bios & abstracts - Thursday 4 July

Bios & abstracts - Friday 5 July

Bios & abstracts - Saturday 6 July

The conference theme is “International Law Futures: The Intersection of Law with Knowledge, Information and Expertise.”

International law increasingly faces a complex future. New challenges are constantly arising for the international community, often driven by technological developments. At the same time, existing challenges continue but manifest in new ways. Key to how future international law and international lawyers will manage novel challenges, or new iterations of old ones, is the field’s intersection with knowledge, information and expertise. Whose information, knowledge or expertise is considered, how these sources are gathered and evaluated, and what mechanisms are used for dealing with information deficits and uncertainty are questions of growing importance for international law in managing possible futures. The 27th Annual Conference is an opportunity to explore these questions as they arise across a range of international legal contexts, addressing issues such as:

  • The role of expertise in international law-making, implementation and adjudication, including the role of other knowledges or ways of knowing such as indigenous traditional knowledge or the place of practice-based experience versus academic knowledge;
  • Processes for gathering and accessing knowledge, information and expertise in international law such as fact-finding, investigation and multidisciplinary expert panels;
  • Mechanisms for dealing with information deficits and uncertainty in international legal decision-making;
  • Debates over the role of public views, participation and popular/democratic opinion in international legal processes, the consequences of growing resistance to evidence-based policy approaches in some areas, and the challenges of deploying expertise and communicating international law in an era of social media, “fake news” and disputed facts;
  • The role of networks in disseminating knowledge and information in international law;
  • Challenges presented by new technologies such as satellites and space technologies, cyberwarfare, cybercrime or digital trade and by new information systems like big data, drones and artificial intelligence, including questions of transparency, public participation, data privacy, human rights protections and the regulation of private conduct;
  • Characteristics of international law that might need to be developed to accommodate possible futures.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include: 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. 

Registration rates include morning and afternoon tea, and lunch. 

Note for conference speakers: Registrations are required by 1 June 2019. 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.

Kirby Lecture in International Law

The annual Kirby Lecture in International Law will be hosted by the ANU Centre for International and Public Law on the evening of Thursday 4th July 2019. Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC will be delivering this year's lecture.

Conference Dinner

The Conference dinner will include a three-course meal and drinks package at the National Museum of Australia. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased during conference registration. Tickets must be purchased by 27th June 2019.

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 20 June 2019.

Conference no-shows are ineligible for a refund.

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


The following hotels have kindly offered ANZSIL Conference attendees discounted accommodation rates:

ANU University House

  • Standard twin rooms  $174.00 per night
  • Standard Queen Suite $193.50 per night
  • North Wing Queen Suites $203.00 per night
The above rates are subject to room availability and are valid until 17th June 2019, at which time rates will revert to the standing online rates.

Breakfast can be added to the above at the time of booking at the discounted rate of $20.00 per head, per night.

Delegates can make bookings by either calling the reservations team on +61-2-6125-5275 or +61-2-6125-5276 or emailing them directly with the request and mentioning  booking name ANZSIL or booking Code 1907ANZSIL

Peppers Gallery Hotel

Receive 10% off Peppers Daily Rate by visiting: and follow the below steps:

  1. Select the Region and Property, your Travel Dates and the Number of People travelling – hit SEARCH
  2. Select Change Search – at the top of the page
  3. Input Promo Code ANZSIL2019 (case sensitive) in the Promo Boxhit SEARCH again. You will now see the discount applied to the Peppers Daily rate.
  4. Select the room type you wish to book and hit BOOK NOW to proceed to payment screen
  5. Fill in all required details to confirm your booking and hit COMPLETE BOOKING
  6. You will receive an email confirmation once all details have been processed.
Offer valid for travel between 2nd and 8th July 2019 when booked before 30th June 2019.

QT Hotel

  • King Room (1 x king bed) $189 per night
  • Twin Room (2 x king single beds) $189 per night

Valid for stays between 4th and 7th July 2019.

To access these rates please visit

  1. Select the “Arrive – Depart” Dates
  2. Select the Number of guests / Room
  3. Click on “BOOK NOW”
  4. Under “MORE BOOKING OPTIONS” in the “BLOCK CODE” field enter your booking discount code: ANZSIL2019
  6. Discounted rates will appear on the rates screen
  7. Available for stays between Thursday 4th July 2019 – Sunday 7th July 2019 (inclusive)  

Alternatively you can call the Reservations Team to book over the phone quoting the block code ANZSIL2019. Reservations operates Monday – Friday from 9am till 5pm. Phone: +61 2 6867 1205 or  

Other accommodation options

There are many other accommodation options within a short distance, including:

Pay parking is available on Lennox Crossing, opposite the Crawford School of Public Policy. See here for further information about parking on ANU campus.

Contact us:

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

ABN: 94 662 977 865 

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