Congratulations to Stephen Ke (final-year Sydney Law School student, and former intern at the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law), Kieran Pender, Camilla Pondel and Dan Trevanion (ANU law students), who recently came out ahead of excellent teams from the National University of Singapore, followed by Osaka, Sophia, and Kyoto / Hitotsubashi universities. They had already competed very strongly in the INC moot as part of a larger Team Australia, including students competing also in the parallel Japanese-language division. Practice makes perfect! This year’s students won the Squire Patton Boggs Best English Negotiation Team award. Team Australia also was just short of the highest mark awarded in the English-language division for the Arbitration round, where students apply the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.
Australia and the United States should work more closely in Antarctica, argues Professor Tim Stephens in a new Policy Brief for the United States Studies Centre in the University of Sydney.
The question of the language in which international legal activity is to be conducted has always been contentious.Why does the UN have only 6 official languages? How were those languages chosen? What does that mean for people who do not speak those languages? Is French still important as a diplomatic language, or is English increasingly the dominant international language?
For a discussion of how the use of Esperanto may avoid some of the unfairness and difficulties associated with the increasing dominance of English in the international sphere, see my contribution to the debate on this topic on Voelkerrechtsblog: