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The International Standard of Intellectual Disability and the Imposition of the Death Penalty

Whether a person who has a mental disorder or who suffers from intellectual disability, should be tried, convicted or executed for a capital offence, raises fundamental questions of justice and the purposes of the criminal justice system.

Listen to Achieving justice when courts are not yet able: The challenge of Syria with Ambassador Stephen Rapp

On Wednesday 20 May, Ambassador Stephen Rapp spoke to packed lecture theatre on a range of subjects related to the International Criminal Court, Syria and the objectives of relentlessly pursuing justice.

Listen to North Korea Inside/Out with Michael Kirby, Barnaby Caddy and Martin Krygier

A crowd of over 250 people gathered to hear Michael and Barnaby's personal accounts of their experience both inside North Korea and the broader impact of North Korea's policies on regional relationships.

Listen to Frederic Megret's seminar on Rescuing a pacifist sensitivity in international law

On 13 May 2015, Frederic Megret, an Associate Professor of Law at McGill University presented a fascinating seminar on peace, pacifism, humanitarianism, international law and different strategies that can be applied on the right to peace.

Applications open: Beijing internship with Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers

UNSW law students in their final years of study and who have completed a course in public international law, public interest litigation and/or human rights are eligible. Deadline is 20 May 2015. Apply today.

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: Developing the Law on Sexual Violence?

Sarah Williams and Emma Palmer have recently published an article on the ECCC’s jurisprudence and argue that the ECCC has made little contribution to the development of the legal framework surrounding sexual violence.

PowerPoint presentation available from The Forgotten Children

We have had a few requests for a copy of Madeline Gleeson's and Jenni Whelan's presentation on The Forgotten Children. They have been kind enough to share it with us and you can access it here.

Sogi’s Story nominated for EACA Care Award

The team behind Sogi's Story has done it again! We've been nominated for another award - this time for the EACA Care Awards. The main aim of this annual ceremony is to recognise excellence in promoting care for people, resources and the environment.

Call for Proposals: Disasters and International Law in the Asia-Pacific

We are pleased to announce an expert workshop on Disasters and International Law in the Asia-Pacific, to be held at UNSW on Friday 24 July 2015. We welcome proposals on the following themes, as well as those on other related issues and from a perspective other than law.

Excessive use of force to be exercised in immigration detention centres

The Migration Amendment Bill 2015 proposes to give security guards in detention centres the power to use force if they believe it is necessary to protect life or avoid injury. A, perhaps unintended, consequence of the Bill is that it may encourage mistreatment and violence against asylum seekers.