Yesterday I attended MFAT’s annual Beeby Colloquium on International Law. Having had the privilege of working closely with Chris back in the ‘80s, it is quite a moving experience to attend these events. It is also, equally, an annual highlight in terms of intellectual stimulation and insight into issues of international law.
In earlier blog-posts, I have touched on the issue of a multilateral rules-based order and the competing perceptions among prominent national leaders as to what this means and what is might be composed of. At the 2019 Colloquium, a more penetrating and analysis emerged from the informed and thoughtful contributions, not least from one of the Centre’s Board members, Duncan Currie, on the ‘common heritage’ concept and the law of the sea.
A highlight yesterday was some personal comment advanced by MFAT’s Acting Dep-Sec, Victoria Hallum. Here are a few of her observations: