APCML Conference: Respecting Military Law

The APCML is pleased to announce that it is hosting a 2-day conference entitled Respecting Military Law. Dates: 12 & 13 March Where: University House, Woodward, Melbourne Law School, Level 10, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053 Register: click here Program: click here The purpose of the conference is for academics, researchers, and practitioners to […]

“The Month in WPS: November 2018”

ASPI published its monthly summary on developments in Women, Peace and Security (WPS) for November 2018 last week:  Relatedly, see part 3 of a running interview series by ASPI with Chief of Army Angus Campbell, in which he emphasises the importance of having more women in the ADF:

Japanese Navy Considering Acquiring Aircraft Carriers

The National Interest reported last week on the Japanese navy’s announcement late last month that it intends to modify its current helicopter-class aircraft carriers to support fighter jets: “Japan’s post-war constitution forbids offensive military operations. For decades, the country’s leaders have interpreted the prohibition to mean the Japanese navy could not possess aircraft carriers. The […]

New EJIL: Talk! blog post: “The ICC’s Impact on National Justice”

A new post on the EJIL: Talk! blog interrogates whether the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor can “catalyse” domestic cases, and analyses the principle and operation of complementarity. The authors discuss the research questions and methodology behind a May 2018 report analysing the ICC’s impact on national justice in Colombia, Georgia, Guinea and the UK. This blog […]

New ICRC blog post: “The Price of Virtual Proximity”

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog explores how humanitarian organisations’ digital trails can put people at risk. This question was the starting premise for the ICRC and Privacy International’s recent joint report which examines the risks associated with the humanitarian sector’s use of certain technologies, and risks posed by metadata:  

ASPI – “‘Forward Defence” in Depth for Australia’: Part 2

Part 2 of a 3-part discussion by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (as previously reported on by APCML here). In part 2, it is suggested that “forward defence in depth” means developing and enhancing existing cooperation with Southeast Asian and South Pacific partner states. The author, Dr Malcolm Davis, argues that: The overriding objective should be to improve […]

“ADF’s Iraq War Secrets Revealed in Newly Declassified Report”

ABC News reported this week on the contents of a previously-classified ADF report detailing the logistical problems faced by Australian troops in Iraq 15 years ago. The 156-page document identifies, inter alia, that frontline troops often went without crucial battle supplies, and that military commanders struggled to bring together the personnel required. The research was compiled by […]

Challenging UK approval of arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia

A new post on the EJIL: Talk! blog by Associate Professor Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne analyses the English Court of Appeal’s grant of leave to appeal the High Court’s ruling earlier this year concerning the government’s continued approval of licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The grounds of appeal challenge, inter alia, the Secretary of State’s conclusion that there […]

ASPI – “‘Forward Defence” in Depth for Australia’: Part 1

Part 1 of a 3-part discussion by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute considering China’s increasing involvement in the South Pacific – particularly through the Belt and Road Initiative – and its implications for Australian security. In Part 1, it is suggested that Australia should contemplate updating its military strategy to one of “forward defence in depth” throughout […]