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The Timor-Leste Studies Association was established in June 2005 (following the "Cooperating with Timor-Leste" Conference at Victoria University) to connect researchers with information, other researchers and research on Timor-Leste.

If you have a thirst to know more about Timor-Leste this website can link you to people and websites which may be useful if you are planning your first or your 50th field trip to Timor.

The Timor-Leste Studies Association is now affiliated with the
Asian Studies Association of Australia.

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*** Upcoming events 15-16th February in Melbourne ***

Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea: Perspectives in International Law

Where: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD, Auditorium 1-3
When: Monday 15 February 2016, 10am to 5pm

A one-day public seminar will examine the ongoing dispute over maritime boundaries between Australia and Timor-Leste. Panelists will include invited experts in international law, and representatives of the governments of Australia and Timor-Leste. Topics will include the historical context of the dispute, comparative boundary determinations, perspectives in international law, and updates on the current court cases. Bringing together academic and legal experts and this seminar will provide balanced and objective academic commentary on this significant and long-running issue.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Professor Don Rothwell, Professor of International Law, Head of School ANU College of Law
  • Professor Don K. Anton, Professor of International Law, Griffith University Law School
  • Dr I Made Andi Arsana, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.

CLICK HERE for the full program of speaker details and session times will available shortly. Please visit www.tlstudies.org for further updates.

Registration: Attendance is free but places are limited, so please pre-register for this event by double clicking here.

This public seminar is jointly hosted by the Castan Centre for Human Rights, the School of Social Sciences at Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology.

A separate public event at the State Library of Victoria will also be held on Tuesday 16 February from 12 - 2pm as part of Monash’s School of Social Science program addressing the social development implications of the Timor Sea dispute.


Crocodiles in the Timor Sea: development and socio-economic implications of the maritime resources dispute

Date: Tuesday 16 February
Venue: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne
Time: 12-2pm
Attendance is free

This forum will explore the development and socio-economic implications of the maritime resources dispute in the Timor Sea. The negotiations that have occurred between Australia, Timor-Leste and Indonesia over the petroleum reserves in the Timor Sea have ongoing impacts on relations between these three close neighbours particularly development of the new nation of Timor-Leste.

The financial implications of current international negotiations and legal disputes are huge. Independent Timorese NGO watchdog Lao Hamutuk, estimates that the total amount of oil revenue received by the Australian government between 1999 and 2014 which they believe should belong to Timor-Leste is just under five billion U.S. dollars (USD$5 000 000 000). The national development implications and the socio-economic impact on the Timorese will be discussed by three speakers with long-term experience in Timor Leste.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO:
  • Professor Brett Inder: Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University
  • Dr Sara Niner, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

This public seminar is hosted by the Monash University Anthropology Program in the School of Social Sciences.

Registration: Attendance is free but places are limited, so please pre-register for this event by using this Google Form link.

For enquiries please email: sara.niner@monash.edu


Buka hatene

Edited by Hannah Loney, Antero B. da Silva, Nuno Canas Mendes,  Alarico da Costa Ximenes and Clinton Fernandes, Hawthorn: Swinburne Press, 2014. Vol. I & II

The papers included in this volume were presented at the Timor-Leste Studies Association’s Understanding Timor Leste 2013 Conference, held at UNTL Liceu Campus, Dili, Timor-Leste, 15 - 16 July 2013. Papers in the collection are divided into two volumes. Volume I contains papers presented in Tetum-Dili and Portuguese, Volume II contains English and Bahasa Indonesia papers.

The online edition also includes a new section of online refereed articles not included in the hard-copy original volumes.

You will need to have Adobe Reader (eg. version 6 or later) to view the PDF correctly. You can download and install this software for free by visiting http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Click here to view the table of contents of VOL I & II

To order a hardcopy use attached order form in word or pdf.

All sales fund free copies to East Timorese universities and libraries.

To download complete VOL I click here
To download complete VOL II click here

To download separate chapters click here


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