International law

Research report

19 Oct 2017

The long and complicated history between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Sea offers two salient lessons for contemporary maritime order in Asia.

Research report

18 Aug 2017

The paper explains Australia’s interests in the South China Sea, and examines the 2016 arbitral ruling alongside Australia’s, China’s and the Philippines’ responses.

Research report

30 Jun 2017

The two-decade period of United States post-Cold War predominance is now over, and an era of greater multipolarity has begun.

Research report

30 Jun 2017

As a geopolitical entity, a model of economic success, a cultural and moral ideal, and as a superior form of governance the West seems to have lost its way. Paul Dibb brings a lifetime of experience as both policy maker and scholar to examine these...

Briefing paper

30 Jun 2017

The South China Sea fishery is being depleted at an unsustainable rate and in a destructive manner.

Journal

14 Feb 2017

Editorial:

Whereas the November 2016 issue of Policy Quarterly focused on local government, this issue takes a global perspective. In particular, it explores the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, and it does so through the lens of ‘global studies’. The articles...

Journal article

14 Feb 2017

Life came from the ocean. Without the ocean, life on Earth is not possible. The ocean produces and regulates much of the planet’s oxygen and water, provides substantial amounts of its nutrient and carbon cycling and supports most of its biological diversity. Fish feed over...

Research report

31 Aug 2016

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Nonresident Fellow in the Migration and Border Policy Project Dr Khalid Koser argues that the international protection regime is failing and Australia has a responsibility to help fix it. Koser defines how promoting reform, at the domestic, regional and global...

Journal

26 Aug 2016

The Philippines had a major, if unenforceable, win against China in the 12 July South China Sea Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. But the implications go beyond the bilateral dispute between China and the Philippines and it carries...

Journal article

10 Aug 2016

Abstract

The current conflicts in Syria and Iraq have for the first time in many years brought to public consciousness the issue of war criminals in Australia. Australia has historically dealt with this issue in a reactive fashion and with varying success, through...

Audio interview

Audio program

14 Jul 2016

Andrew Davies, director of the defence and strategy program with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, says that China has 'overplayed its hand badly' in its escalation of the South China Sea dispute. He argues that China will find it difficult to back down, given the...

Audio interview

Audio program

13 Jul 2016

The Permanent Court of Arbitration rules that China had no right to build artificial islands in the South China Sea, a ruling that has resounding significance in international law. Though China refuses to abide by the ruling, Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, suggests that China's...

Blog post

13 Jul 2016

Overnight, the arbitral tribunal convened under Part XV of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) found that China’s claimed historic rights in the South China Sea, enshrined in its nine-dash line map, were extinguished when it signed the Convention.

China has...

Essay

18 Apr 2016

Gareth Evans examines how non-state actors are increasingly of more importance in the prevention and resolution of crisis and conflict.

Introduction

The global issues with which policymakers the world over are now grappling cover a formidably broad canvas of economic, environmental, social,...

Research report

13 Apr 2016

Executive summary

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a legal provision in international agreements that enables foreign investors to take host states to an arbitral tribunal for alleged treaty breaches.

• The goal of investor-state arbitration is to provide a de-politicised, unbiased and...

Submission

7 Oct 2015

Overview

In August, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of person with disabilities released a Questionnaire focused on “the right of persons with disabilities to participation in decision-making” – that is, decision making at a legislative, policy or organisational level, through consultation, engagement...

Commentary

Article

1 Oct 2015

With a third of New Zealand’s two-year United Nations Security Council stint already complete, it’s timely to determine whether a distinct and consistent New Zealand view has been emerging on the Council.

Undertaking this assessment means getting through a veritable pile of statements which...

Journal article

16 Sep 2015

In the course of the Timor Sea maritime boundary quarrel, the recent declarations made by the main Australian opposition party in support of East Timorese territorial claims have the serious potential of irreversibly upsetting the territorial status quo, with adverse consequences for both East Timor...

Submission

27 Jul 2015

Advocacy for Inclusion welcomed the review of ACT Guardianship arrangements for adult people with disabilities- as it has long been advocating for major changes to both the laws of guardianship and how it works in practice. (See our past policy work on Decision Making). The...

Research report

19 Dec 2014

This paper explores the opportunities for both Australia and Japan jointly to promote their shared interest in strengthening the rule of law in the Asia–Pacific.

Overview

The rule of law is an essential condition if cooperation and orderly behaviour are to be...