ANU law forum to look at use of chemical weapons in Syria

International law experts will come together at The Australian National University (ANU) on Monday 21 May to examine the Syrian regime’s recent use of chemical weapons, and the military strikes in response from France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Syria, chemical weapons and international law forum will see an expert panel discuss issues of international law in relation to these actions, including the roles of both the United Nations Security Council and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Experts will also examine the events in consideration of international criminal law, and the prohibition on the use of force and its exceptions.

Panel speakers will include:

  • Dr Jeremy Farrall, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the ANU College of Law and Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Leveraging Power and Influence on the UN Security Council’

  • Jane McCosker, a Senior Legal Officer in the Office of International Law at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

  • Dr Phillip Drew, Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law and the world’s only Qualified Legal Expert certified by the OPCW

  • Dr Etienne Henry, a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for International and Public Law

The forum will be hosted by the ANU Centre for International and Public Law. More information on the event is available here:

Media are invited to attend.


WHAT:  Syria, chemical weapons and international law forum

WHERE: Law Link Theatre, ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, ANU

WHEN: 5.30 – 6.30pm, Monday 21st May, 2018.

For media assistance, contact Aaron Walker on the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or 0418 307 213.

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