Treaties

Policy report

Eyes on the prize: Australia, China, and the Antarctic Treaty

The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) provides Australia with a peaceful, non-militarised south. This report asserts that Australia should front load its support for the ATS, increasing both the substance and profile of our Antarctic activities.
Discussion paper

Are we mates yet? Agreement making between States and First Nations

This paper has been developed for Aboriginal Affairs NSW (AANSW) to assist communities and policy developers in considering the topic of ‘agreement making’ between the State and First Nations peoples.
Report

Key governance issues in Space

The space domain is largely ungoverned and undisciplined. In this analysis, key areas of space governance are explored to understand international perspectives on ongoing debates in the field.
Report

At a strategic crossroads: ASEAN centrality amid Sino-American rivalry in the Indo-Pacific

The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) is a defensive attempt at reasserting ASEAN centrality, and the importance of engaging smaller and middle powers of Asia. But instead of just asserting centrality, this paper argues that ASEAN should also achieve and earn a pivotal role...
Report

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s continental shelf: Australia’s Timor Sea maritime boundary

This narrative focuses on the Timor Sea and the sovereignty issue over the part of the continental shelf that is adjacent to Australia’s northern coast and which has been coveted by both Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Guide

International treaty making: guidance for government agencies on practice and procedures for concluding international treaties and arrangements

This booklet has been prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the interests of improving government agencies’ understanding of New Zealand’s practice, with respect to international treaties and arrangements. It also provides guidance for government agencies on practice and procedures for concluding...
Article

What we can learn from Indigenous success in the USA

Many Indigenous communities in the USA have used tribal self-determination and access to land to build an economic base and deliver benefits to their people. While the circumstances in the USA differ from both Australia and New Zealand, two US experts believe that some of...
Report

Oil stocks contracts: Netherlands

This report supports the current review that the Australian government is undertaking into Australia’s liquid fuel security and urges the government to fully explore the links as it assesses the adequacy, reliability and affordability of Australia’s physical oil stocks.
Report

Enhancing best practice inspection methodologies for oversight bodies with an Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture focus

"OPCAT is an unusual treaty in that it creates no new substantive rights. Yet it could be the single most positive development this decade in improving conditions in all Australian places of detention."