The University of Western Australia International Law Club is a club for UWA students to engage with international law. Founded in 2016, the club is a constituent student club of the UWA Guild for anyone passionate about International Law.
The Club’s mission is to:
- Encourage and facilitate interest in, engagement with and knowledge of, international law;
- Provide a source of information on international law opportunities and contemporary international legal issues and news;
- Provide lectures, forums, round-table discussions, panel discussions and/or Q&As with prominent people in international law;
- Compile and publish a yearly international law journal; and
- Provide a means of bringing together a wide range of students interested in the world and how it operates and intersects.
The club publishes the annual Perth International Law Journal.
What is International Law?
International Law is the set of rules that govern relations between countries, states, and sometimes individuals. International law is like air – it’s all around us, but we usually fail to notice it. The ability for people to fly from Australia to Europe and go through each and every national airspace is governed by international law; as is passage at sea and by land. According to former Australian High Court Justice Hon. Michael Kirby:
‘No sitting of the High Court now passes without some relevant international legal principle being considered in connection with an Australian legal problem.’
Jing Zhi (Benjamin) Wong