US to establish “Space Branch” of armed forces by 2020

In a speech to the Pentagon on 9 August, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence announced that the US Department of Defence will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces – the US Department of the Space Force – by 2020. Various affiliated command and joint organisations will also be created. The […]

Increased News Chatter as Coalition Closes In on ISIS

Various sources and news outlets are currently reporting on the likely last stand of ISIS and predicting a hard-fought final battle for the province of Idlib, in eastern Syria. Foreign Policy suggests that the US-led coalition is set to launch a final fight against the group. More than 1,000 Islamic State fighters are currently dug […]

73rd Anniversary of Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki Commemorated

On 9 August, the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki was commemorated. At a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described Nagasaki a “global inspiration” for peace, but also sounded a warning that the threat of nuclear war still prevails today. Towards the close of WWII, the United States detonated […]

New Book Published: Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law by Dr Kubo Mačák

This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of factors that transform a non-international armed conflict (NIAC) into an international armed conflict (IAC). It examines the historical development as well as the current state of the relevant rules of international humanitarian law, and is grounded in contemporary case law from twentieth- and twenty-first century armed conflicts. According […]

100 Year Anniversary of “Der Schwarze Tag”

8 August 2018 marks the centenary of Germany’s “Black Day” or “Schwarze Tag”, a decisive battle in WWI in which the Australian Corps played a key role. The British Fourth army, with French support attacked the German forces astride the Somme River on the Western Front. The Australian Corps was in the centre of the […]

Armed Conflict Taking Place in a New Ebola Outbreak Zone in DRC

According to UN News, a new Ebola outbreak is currently taking place in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The longstanding conflict in the region – involving over 100 armed groups – is complicating the task of containment for the World Health Organisation. A fuller media briefing on the unfolding situation is available […]

Military Commission pretrial proceedings in the 9/11 Case

Between July 23 – 26, the military commission in United States v Khalid Sheikh Mohammad et al reconvened for pretrial proceedings. The Commission covered a wide range of topics, including competing theories of “hostilities” under the laws of war. The proceedings are summarised in more detail by the Lawfare blog here. The case concerns the trial of five alleged Al-Qaeda members […]

Suicide Attack in Afghan Mosque May Amount to War Crimes, according to UN

According to the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the attack – which took place inside a mosque during Friday prayers and killed 48 people – may amount to war crimes. “This attack targeting civilians has no possible justification”, said UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto. “Such attacks directed against congregations and places of […]

6th Annual Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee Meeting Takes Place

On 27 July 2018, the sixth Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee meeting took place between Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and his counterpart, Indonesian Armed Forces Air Chief Maschal Hadi Tjahjanto. During the meeting, the two Chiefs of Defence agreed to an extensive program of Navy, Army, Air Force and […]

Command and Staff Operations Law Course in the Philippines

APCML/MLC Mobile Training Team in Manila APCML/MLC team with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and Staff Course The Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML) was established in 2001 as a collaborative initiative of the Melbourne Law School and Defence Legal. The APCML aims to facilitate cooperation among military forces of the Asia […]