Pacific Rim and Oceania

Operation "Sovereign Borders": the High Court of Australia Considers Implications of International Law

Introduction

On January 28, 2015, the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) issued a decision examining the question of where to take a person who flees a country for fear of persecution and is intercepted in international waters by national authorities. The judgment arose from operation “Sovereign Borders,” Australia’s latest effort to stem the flow and resultant loss of life of people travelling without authorisation to Australia by sea.

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19
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12
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Stephen Tully and Michael Smith
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Ongoing WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies

It is well known that overfishing has led to the collapse of several commercially valuable fish species and the decline of others. [1] In this context, WTO Members agreed during the WTO Ministerial Conference held in Doha (Qatar) in November 2000, to launch negotiations with the aim to "clarify and improve WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies, taking into account the importance of this sector to developing countries." [2]
 
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8
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12
Author: 
Marc Benitah
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Marshall Islands Files ICJ Applications Against Nine States for Failure to Fulfill Nuclear Arms Obligations (April 25, 2014)

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Steven Arrigg Koh

On April 25, 2014, the Marshall Islands filed applications (UK-related application only) that accuse nine States (China, North Korea,

Australia v. Japan: ICJ Halts Antarctic Whaling

On March 31, 2014, the International Court of Justice declared that Japan must halt its current whaling program in the Southern Ocean.[1] The decision will not affect Japan’s whale hunt in the northern Pacific and it does not foreclose Japan from all whaling in the future, as long as it is conducted within the requirements of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW).[2] Nor does this decision affect the other two nations that currently conduct wh

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18
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9
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Cymie R. Payne
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Colleague Societies

Professional societies of international law exist on every continent. Strengthening connections between these societies and their members enriches our understanding by increasing transnational knowledge about shared and diverse approaches to international law’s formation, study, and practice. ASIL celebrates its colleague societies around the world.