Forthcoming Book: “Military Law in Australia”

Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke AO, Professor Dale Stephens and Peter Sutherland have edited this forthcoming Federation Press book: Military Law in Australia covers contemporary legal practice in a military context. It is written by a stable of experts drawn from the profession, including a judicial officer, barristers, legal practitioners within Defence, legal academics, and public lawyers […]

Missing Persons in Armed Conflict Briefing and Resolution

On 11 June 2019, the UN Security Council held a briefing on “missing persons in armed conflict” under the protection of civilians agenda item, and subsequently adopted the first ever resolution on this topic. This post from What’s In Blue contextualises the lead up to the Security Council briefing, and this UN News article highlights […]

World Environment Day and Armed Conflict

On World Environment Day (5 June), the ICRC acknowledged anew the impact of armed conflict on the environment, and highlighted the role of IHL in protecting nature from conflict. See here.

New Reflections on UN Peacekeeping

Professor Charles T. Hunt of RMIT University has recently published the following two short reflections on UN peacekeeping operations and the protection of civilians: ‘Is it Time to Review the Basis for UN Peacekeeping 71 Years On?’In this Conversation article, Professor Hunt considers the continuing relevance of the three key principles underpinning the UN peacekeeping […]

Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore

This recent Dialogue, taking place from 1 – 2 June 2019 in Singapore, is the premier defence summit in Asia. It was hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and convened prominent defence/security officials from Asia and the wider world to speak on security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. This helpful analysis from the IPI Global […]

2019 UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

This annual event took place recently on 23 May 2019, under the Indonesian presidency of the UN Security Council. The debate aimed to address the involvement of local and affected communities; protection of civilians mandates in peacekeeping operations; and mechanisms to prevent the escalation of armed conflict. This helpful analysis by WILPF helps draw out the key implications of […]

‘China’s Multifaceted Arctic Strategy’

This War on the Rocks piece notes that China is positioning itself to become an “Arctic power”, which could bode ill for (inter alia) North Atlantic security and US-Sino relations. The strategy is largely economic (at least at the moment), but the author notes that this could ultimately have profound security implications.