2024 SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference – Law School: Events 2024 SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference – Law School: Events

2024 SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference

2024 SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference

In-person event

The annual SCIL Year in Review conference will host a number of exciting panels covering major developments in international law in 2023.

Our keynote is the newly-appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, Professor Ben Saul, who will discuss the appointment and the major issues arising in relation to the position.

The conference will include a literary lunch featuring James Bradley (author of Ghost Species, Clade, and the upcoming Deep Water) in conversation with Michaela Kalowski (interviewer and curator).

In addition to the regular panel on international law cases in Australian courts, and Australia’s role in international court cases, we will have special sessions on:

  • the Law of the Sea in 2023 – including presentations on the ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change, and new developments on seabed mining and offshore renewable energy
  • Private International Law in 2023, including presentations on the London Steamship v Kingdom of Spain case
  • International law and developments in technology in 2023.

View the program here.


Friday 23 February 2024
Venue: New Law Building (F10), University of Sydney (Camperdown Campus)
Room to be confirmed



  • Full-fee: $100
  • Non-USYD student/concession: $50


About the literary lunch

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist, Clade and Ghost Species, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. His essays and articles have appeared in The Monthly, The Guardian, Sydney Review of Books, Griffith Review, Meanjin, the Weekend Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2012 he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year, and he has been shortlisted twice for the Bragg Prize for Science Writing and nominated for a Walkley Award. He lives in Sydney. His new book Deep Water, out on April 3, explores how the ocean has shaped and sustained life on Earth from the beginning of time. Weaving together science, history and personal experience, it offers vital new ways of understanding not just humanity’s relationship with the planet, but our past – and perhaps most importantly, our future.

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer, moderator & curator for writers and ideas festivals. Highlight interviews include Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Michelle de Kretser, & Stan Grant. She’s the curator of Big Weekend of Books, ABC RN’s on-air writers’ festival that takes place in mid June and is now in its fifth year.

She also produces and hosts a monthly books conversation event for Petersham Bowling Club called Readers. Michaela has conducted radio interviews and presented programs across ABC radio and is currently a co-host of The Bookshelf. She’s co-presenter & co-writer of a two-part podcast for ABC RN, tracing part of her family’s history, called Laya’s Way Home.


This event is hosted by the Sydney Centre for International Law at The University of Sydney Law School.

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Feb 23 2024


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New Law Building (F10)
The University of Sydney


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