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International law expert to speak in Melbourne

International law expert to speak in Melbourne

Melbourne Law School will play host to international legal expert Professor James Crawford next month, who will give a lecture tracing Australia’s involvement with the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Melbourne Law School will play host to international legal expert Professor James Crawford (pictured) next month, who will give a lecture tracing Australia’s involvement with the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The topic will be the feature of the 13th Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture on March 19, and will chart Australia’s role in drafting the ICJ’s statute in the 1940s, up to more recent matters such as the pending case on Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Crawford is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge, and holder of a Research Chair at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

He has previously been a professor of international law at the universities of Adelaide and Sydney.

As a member of the International Law Commission, Professor Crawford was responsible for two major initiatives: the articles on state responsibility and the draft statute of the International Criminal Court.

He was the member of the Australian Law Reform Commission responsible for reports on Aboriginal customary law, foreign state immunities law and admiralty law.

In October 2012, Crawford was nominated for election as a judge of the ICJ, with the support of the Government.

Recently, Crawford was hired by British prime minister David Cameron to write a 58-page report on Scotland’s proposed separation from the UK next year. 

Event: Australia and the International Court of Justice

Date: Tuesday 19 March 2013

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: Melbourne Law School

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