EDITORIAL – Edition 29

Written by Felicity Gerry KC



WELCOME to our 29th edition of ANZSIL Perspective with an excellent perspective by Neil Boister on Trust in Translation: Diplomatic Assurances, the New Zealand Supreme Court, and Extradition to China and a book review from Tamsin Paige On Tyranny and the Global Legal Order by Prof Aoife O’Donoghue

This year we have seen the Russian invasion and aggression on Ukraine, a violation of international law, including the prohibition on the use of force under Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter, the principle of territorial integrity and self-determination of peoples.

Personally, I was proud to lead a team making an amicus curiae observation in the Dominic Ongwen appeal at the International Criminal Court on the non-punishment principle alongside 17 other Amici with a range of expertise on issues for consideration in that complex matter.

In May, we saw the death of renowned Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, which has been condemned as a war crime. Shireen Abu Aqleh consistently reported news with independence, integrity and courage and there have been calls for an investigation made by the UN, the US and the EU

As international law scholars and practitioners, curious and vexing questions arise for ANZSIL Perspectives in considering how established frameworks apply to new and ever shocking situations.  Our authors enjoy the freedom to provide a detailed analysis of the facts, the background, and the possible legal categorization. 

As ever, I look forward to receiving submissions from a diverse range of scholars who have previously contributed to ANZSIL Perspective, and welcome new and emerging authors at every level of postgraduate scholarship and legal practice.

Felicity Gerry QC (Editor)

The deadline for the next ANZSIL Perspective is 17 June 2022. The current call for Perspectives and submission details and guidelines are on the ANZSIL Perspective webpage.

The views expressed in contributions to ANZSIL Perspective are those of the authors. Those views are not necessarily shared by ANZSIL or the Editors of Perspective.

Felicity Gerry KC
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Felicity is on the lists of counsel for the ICC and KSC having come to international practice now her children are older. She is admitted in England and Wales and Australia (Victoria and the High Court Roll) and specialises in complex criminal law cases, generally involving an international element including terrorism, homicide, biosecurity and human trafficking. She has a particular interest in complicity as leading counsel in the UK Supreme Court decision in R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8 and having led an amicus brief on CIL and complicity in the ICTY. She is Professor of Practice at Deakin University where she teaches a unit on Contemporary International Legal Challenges. She is widely published in areas including women & law, technology & law and reforming justice systems. Her current PhD candidature is on Transnational Feminisms and the Human Trafficking Dilemma.

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