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Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Launches Institute Director's New International Law Book

Institute Director Professor Gillian Trigg's major new work on international law was launched at the University of Melbourne recently by Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Mr Alexander Downer.

International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices (Butterworths/LexisNexis, 2006), focuses more on Asia-Pacific issues than traditional European-centric international law publications.

Developed over the past four years, Professor Triggs' new book covers a range of current issues from Japanese whaling to offshore petroleum disputes in Timor. Among other cases she analyses are going to war in Iraq, Israel's self-imposed 'wall', and disputes over islands in the South China Sea.

Professor Triggs says greater scope and activity in international law in the past decade - and globalisation - have accentuated the need to look at the rules applying to states and their operations, particularly with contemporary issues such as armed conflict, trade and climate change.

"We need clear rules to establish order because with order comes peace, and with peace comes the chance for prosperity," she says.

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