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Upcoming Seminars and Conferences

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.


9.30am-10.00am Coffee and Welcome

10.00am -1.00pm Session 1: Perspectives in International Law, Expert Panel

10.00-11.00am Professor Don Rothwell, Professor of International Law, Head of School ANU College of Law, (40 minute presentation, 15 minutes questions) 'Australia and Maritime Delimitation vis-a-vis Neighbouring States'

11.00-12.00 Dr I Made Andi Arsana, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, (40 minute presentation, 15 minutes questions) 'An historical survey of Indonesia’s maritime boundary agreements'

12.00-1.00pm Professor Don K. Anton, Professor of International Law, Griffith University Law School, (40 minute presentation, 15 minutes questions) 'The Vienna Convention and maritime boundary negotiations between Australia and Timor-Leste'

Lunch: 1.00-1.45pm

1.45-3.15 pm Session 2: National Perspectives

1.45 – 2.30pm  representative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, TBC (30 minute presentation, 15 minutes  questions)

2.30-  3.15pm  Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to Australia, Abel Guterres (30 minute presentation, 15 minutes  questions)

Short Break

3.30-4.30pm Session 3: Joint Panel - Paths Forward Q&A

Moderated panel of all speakers
Questions from the floor

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




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