Devika Hovell


Justice at Guantanamo? The paradox of David Hicks

Writing for the Jurist website, Devika Hovell says that the trial of Guantanamo detainee David Hicks by US military commission highlights his transformation from an alleged perpetrator of war crimes into a possible victim of one.

Chinks in the armour: international law, terrorism and the use of force

Is terrorism such a radical new threat that it necessitates a reinvention, or even abandonment, of the current international legal order? Devika Hovell examines this question through an examination of recent forceful responses to terrorism, placing contemporary policies for the use of counter-terrorist force in...
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Deep anxieties: Australia and the international legal order

The increasing internationalisation of many aspects of Australian life, from environmental hazards to terrorist threats to securities regulation, has given new prominence to the relationship between international law and the Australian legal system. It has also been accompanied by a rise in anxiety about the...
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The sovereignty stratagem: Australia's response to UN human rights treaty bodies

It is a natural reflex to bridle at criticism from the outside - particularly when that criticism charges Australia with violating human rights. But in Australia's response to decisions by United Nations human rights treaty bodies, argues Devika Hovell, this defensive reflex has become more...
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Legality of use of force against Iraq

The leader of the federal opposition, Simon Crean, asked the Gilbert and Tobin Centre to provide an opinion on the legality under international law of the use of force by Australia against Iraq in the absence of a further Security Council resolution. The centre concluded...