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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 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 &


Although for some years the ICJ Australia has had a facility for paying by credit card this is no longer financially feasible.  We would ask therefore if members joining or renewing should either pay by cheque or by using a bank transfer facility.  The details of our account are set out on the membership form.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Summary of Address by Dr Keith Suter to the ICJA Meeting of 21 July 2014

The text of Dr Keith Suter's address entitled 'Communicating Human Rights Issues' is available to read and dowload if you CLICK HERE.

Istanbul Declaration on Transparency in the Judical Process

At the ICJ Australia meeting of December 2013, the President of the Australian Section the Hon John Dowd AO QC reported that he had been a mediator in settling a Declaration on Judicial Transparency.  it was agreed to in Istanbul.  Click here to read the Istanbul Declaration.

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.