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Territorial waters


The importance of international law in the resolution of maritime disputes in the South China Sea

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.

China’s expanding interests in Antarctica

This paper highlights some of China’s interests and activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory, which include undeclared military activities and mineral exploration.

Excising Australia: Are we really shrinking?

On 22 July 2005, the Migration Amendment Regulations 2005 came into force, prescribing a number of islands as 'excised offshore places'. Moira Coombs describes the excision process and its legal implications, and provides a map showing excised areas and a chronology of related events.