Monday, May 9, 2011

Symposium: Military Justice in the Modern Age

The Melbourne Law School is holding a symposium titled "Military Justice in the Modern Age" on November 4-5, 2011.  This international symposium is being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.  The Centre is collaborative initiative of Defence Legal Division and the Melbourne University Law School that facilitates cooperation among military forces of the Asia Pacific Region in the research, training and implementation of the laws governing military operations.

The conference organizers have issued this Call for Papers:

In many countries military justice is at a crossroads. In Australia, the 2009 High Court decision of Lane v Morrison has resulted in the demise of the Australian Military Court and a move to incorporate military justice within the civilian court system. Other countries have also faced challenges to military justice – some have maintained a separate military justice system and others have incorporated a hybrid model. This symposium will explore issues concerning military justice from a comparative perspective and will be organised around the following themes:

          • Military justice under attack?
               o For example constitutional and human rights challenges to military justice
          • Comparative perspectives on military justice
              o Including perspectives from countries with separate military courts and those which incorporate military  justice within the civilian court system
          • Contemporary issues concerning military justice
               o For example, jurisdictional issues surrounding military justice, the appropriate design of a military  justice system, case studies or empirical analysis, an examination of the civilianisation of military justice.

The organisers intend to publish the papers presented at the symposium as an edited book.If you are interested in presenting a paper at the symposium or contributing to the planned book, please send a 250 word abstract and a short CV no later than Monday 20 June 2011 to Alison Duxbury, Associate Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (

Questions about the symposium can be directed toAssociate Professor Alison Duxbury or Associate Professor Matthew Groves( or .