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ICJA Press Release on Mandatory Sentencing - 20 May 2015

The council of the ICJ Australia resolved to condemn the increase in the use of mandatory minimum sentencing which erodes the independence of the judiciary in applying the laws set to fix penalty for crime.

The Hon Julie Bishop MP writes to ICJA on Maritime Boundary Issues in the Timor Sea

On 16 August 2014, the ICJA in collaboration with the International Law Association co-sponsored a colloquium at the University of New South Wales. The subject for discussion was "MARITIME BOUNDARIES IN THE TIMOR SEA- Applying the law to the borders of Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste."In December 2014, as a result of that colloquium, the President of ICJ Australia wrote to The Hon Julie Bishop MP regarding maritime boundary issues in the Timor Sea.

Re: Cobaw Decision in Victorian Court of Appeal

The ICJ Victoria has reported that the Court of Appeal decision of Christian Youth Camps Limited & Ors v Cobaw Community Health Services Limited & Ors [2014] VSCA 75 (16 April 2014) is available on the www.austlii.edu.au website.  The ICJ Australia's amicus submissions were effective and accepted.  Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was proven and accepted as a breach of the legislation.The Court of Appeal's decision on the bias application against ICJ is also available on austlii: Christian Youth Camp Limited &

Crimes Legislation Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slave-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill

The International Commission of Jurists, Australia drafted a submission on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slave-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill, which is intended to remedy several legislative omissions under the current Australian legislative framework for combating people trafficking, slavery, and forced marriage. The ICJA was concerned that the bill does not fully remedy the gaps in the existing law.

Inquiry into the treatment of individuals suspected of people smuggling offences who say that they are children.

The ICJA has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission in relation to the inquiry into the treatment of individuals suspected of people smuggling offfences who say that they are children. 
 
 
CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE SUBMISSION.

The Western Sahara And The United Nations

Paper by The Hon John Dowd AO QC, President International Commission of Jurists, Australia presented on 29 October 2011 at the 2nd International Conference, Peoples’ Right for Resistance: the Case of Sahrawi People, Dar Diaf – Bouchaoui, Algiers


Mr Chairman, Mr President, Members of Parliament, distinguished delegates. In the year since most of us here were in Le Mans, the world has very much changed. It is called the “Arab Spring”, but in fact is much more than just changes within the Arabic speaking countries.

CHOGM MUST DEAL WITH WAR CRIMES IN SRI LANKA

“Those responsible for war crimes at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 must not be allowed to go unpunished”, said John Dowd AO QC, the President of the International Commission of Jurists, Australia. 
 

Investigation Of Sri Lankan War Crimes

“Those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 must not be allowed to go unpunished”, said John Dowd AO QC, the President of The International Commission of Jurists, Australia (ICJA). “The expert committee established by the United Nations Secretary-General found credible allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law. The Expert Panel called on the Sri Lankan Government to immediately commence genuine investigations into such allegations. This has not happened”, said John Dowd.

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