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Public International Law

Law and Supplementary Materials

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Scope of public international law


International Military Tribunal (Nuremberg) Source: Judicial decisions: International military tribunal (Nuremberg), judgment and sentence (1947) American Journal of International Law 41(1), pp. 172-333.

Via Library eReadings


Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal: Orentlicher ASIL Focus No. 1 1993.

Via Library eReadings


(UNSC) Resolution 955 Source: Resolution 955 Adopted by the Security Council at its 3453rd meeting, on 8 November 1994. (1994) International Legal Materials 33(6), pp1600-1605.

Via Library eReadings


Doe v Unocal Corporation 963 F Supp 880 (1997)

Via Library eReadings

Sources of public international law


Statute of the International Court of Justice (1945), TS 993, (See: Articles 38, 59)

Via Library eReadings or Via ICJ website


Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969, 8 ILM 679 (1969), Articles 34, 53

Via Library eReadings


Victoria v The Commonwealth (1996) 138 ALR 129

Search ALR via Lexis or Via AustLII


France v Turkey : the case of S.S Lotus, 7th September 1927 Annual Digest of Public International Law Cases, 1927-28, p.153-159.

Via Library eReadings


Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, Advisory Opinion, ICJ Reports 1996, p 226

Via Library eReadings

Public international law and municipal law


R. v Bow Street Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, ex parte Pinochet Ugarte (No. 3) [1999] 2 All ER 97

Via Library eReadings


Nulyarimma v Thompson (1999) 165 ALR 621; 1999 FCA 1192

Via AustLII


Joint statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, 25 February 1997, The effect of treaties in administrative decision-making

Via A-G website

State Jurisdiction


Aerial incident at Lockerbie (Libya v United States) 31 ILM 662 (1992)

Via Library eReadings


Crimes Acts 1900 (NSW) S3 A Source: See Crimes (Application of Criminal Law) Amendment Act 1992 No. 83 (NSW) Schedule 1(2) for the text of S 3A inserted by this amending act.

Via PCO site


Attorney-General (Israel) v. Eichmann 36 ILR 5 (1961) Source:

Via Library eReadings


United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, ATS, 1994 No 31, (See: Articles 101, 105)

Via AustLII


Polyukhovich v The Commonwealth (1991) 172 CLR 501

Search CLR via LawBook Online

Or Via AustLII


Re W97/164 and Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (1998) 27 AAR 482: 51 ALD 432

Via AustLII


Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide 1948 Articles I-IX. 78 U.N.T.S. 277; [1951] ATS 2

Via Library eReadings or Via AustLII


Jurisdiction: Australian reaction to trial in United States of person abducted from another country, in Australian Practice in International Law 1992, edited by Patricia Hewitson (1993) 14 Aust. Year Book of Int. Law 420.

Via Library eReadings

Immunity from jurisdiction


Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, 500 UNTS 95, Articles 1, 3, 22, 29-32, 37, 39(1), (2), 41(1)

Via AustLII


Sean D. Murphy (ed), Waiver of Georgian Diplomats Immunity from criminal prosecution, in Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law, (1999) 93 AJIL 470 at 485.

Via Library eReadings


Statement by the Acting Minister for foreign Affairs and trade, 6 April 1992. Attack on Iranian Embassy in Canberra, in Australian Practice in International Law 1992, edited by Patricia Hewitson (1993) 14 Aust Year Bk of Int Law 568

Via Library eReadings


Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Belgium), ICJ, 14 February 2002

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Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963, 596 UNTS 261, Articles 1, 5, 31, 40, 41, 43, 45, 53, 55(1), (2), 56

Via AustLII


L v The Crown 68 ILR 175 (1977)

Via Library eReadings


Gerritsen v De la Madrid Hurtado and others 101 ILR 476 (1987)

Via Library eReadings


Kiraly v Richards 107 ILR 101 (1993)

Via Library eReadings


Foreign States Immunities Act 1958 (Cth)

Via AustLII


Argentine Republic v Amerada Hess Shipping Corporation and others (1989) 81 ILR 658

Via Library eReadings


Staker, Christopher, Tokic v Government of Yugoslavia in Australian cases involving questions of public international law,14 Aust Year Bk of Int Law 321 at 335 (1993)

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Al-Adsani v Government of Kuwait and others (1995) 103 ILR 420

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Prosecutor v Kanyabashi: Decision on Jurisdiction Case No. ICTR-96-15-T

Via Library eReadings

State responsibility


Thomas H Youmans v Mexico 21 AJIL 555 (1927) [at p 571]

Via Library eReadings


Francisco Quintanilla (United Mexican States) v United States of America (1926) 4 RIAA 101

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Home Missionary Society Claim 15 AJIL 292 (1921) [at p 294]

Via Library eReadings

37 Bolivar Railway Company Case (1903) 9 RIAA 445

Via Library eReadings


Neer v Mexico 21 AJIL 555 (1927)

Via Library eReadings


United Nations General Assembly, Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources, (UNGA Resolution 1803 (XVII) 1962). Article 4



United Nations General Assembly, Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States. (UNGA Resolution 3281 (XXIV) 1974). Article 2(2)(c)

Via Library eReadings

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Australia-Vietnam: Agreement on the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments 1991. 30 ILM 1064 (1991), Article 7

Via Library eReadings


Nottebohm, Second Phase, Judgment, ICJ Reports 1955, p4.

Via Library eReadings


Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company Ltd. Second Phase, Judgment, ICJ Reports 1970, p3.

Via Library eReadings

Supplementary materials


Wiwa v Royal Dutch Petroleum Company 226 F 3d 88 (2000)

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Tien v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs (1998) 89 FCR 80

Via AustLII


The Prosecutor v Kupreskic et al. (2000) ICTY Case No. IT-95-16-T



Arbitration between Sandline International Inc and Papua New Guinea 117 ILR 552 (1998)

Via Library eReadings


Commonwealth v Yarmirr (2001) 75 ALJR 1582 at 1588-1590

Via Library eReadings


Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs & Ors v Eric Vadarlis [2001] FCA 1329 (18 September 2001) at paras 4-7

Via AustLII


A. V. Dicey, Law of the Constitution, 7th edn., pp 224-228

Via Library eReadings


The Prosecutor v Kunarac & ors (2002) ICTY Case no. IT-96-23/1, Judicial Supplement No 34, June 2002



Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs v Singh [2002] HCA 7 (7 March 2002)

Via AustLII


Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Khawar (2002) 76 ALJR 667; 187

Via Library eReadings


The Prosecutor v Jean-Paul Akayesu (1998) ICCTR Case No. 96-4-T

Via Library eReadings


Pieter H. F. Bekker, The Congo v France, (April, 2003) ASIL Insights



Diane F. Orentlicher, Venues for prosecuting Saddam Hussein : the legal framework, (December, 2003) ASIL Insights


Other Legislation/treaties


International Civil Aviation Organisation : Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft 1970. 10 ILM 133 (1971), Articles 1,2,4,7,8.

Via UNODC website


Geneva Convention (III) Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War 1949. [1958] ATS 21. Articles 2, 129, 130.

Via AustLII

Books and Book chapters


Peter Malanczuk, Akehurst's modern introduction to international law, 7th rev. ed. London ; New York : Routledge, c1997

Via Library Catalogue


Ian Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law, 8th ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012.

Via Library Catalogue


D.J. Harris, Cases and materials on international law, London : Sweet & Maxwell, 2010, 7th ed.

Via Library Catalogue


A.E. Cassimatis, W Lacy, A McNaughton and R Rayfuse, An Australian Companion to Harris, Cases and Materials on International Law, 2nd ed. Lawbook Co, 2011

Via Library Catalogue


P.E. Nygh, Martin Davies, Conflict of laws in Australia, Chatswood, NSW : LexisNexis Butterworths, 2002. 7th ed.

Via Library Catalogue


Michael Tilbury, Gary Davis, Brian Opeskin, Conflict of laws in Australia, South Melbourne ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.

Via Library Catalogue


Stephen Hall, International law, Sydney : LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006. 2nd ed.

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Brian R. Opeskin and Donald R. Rothwell (ed), International law and Australian federalism, Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1997.

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Reid Mortensen, Private international law, Sydney, N.S.W. : Butterworths, 2000.

Via Library Catalogue


Sam Blay, Ryszard Piotrowicz and B. Martin Tsamenyi (eds), Public international law : an Australian perspective, South Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 2005. 2nd ed.

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