Legal minds examine a modern world challenge at CDU

16-Mar-2016

Law lecturer Felicity Gerry QC … “varied and dynamic area of law”.


Charles Darwin University has brought together some top legal minds to examine the latest developments in the field of transnational law at a seminar in Darwin today.

Organiser Felicity Gerry QC from CDU’s School of Law said speakers and delegates from several Indo Pacific nations and England would join their Australian hosts to exchange knowledge in a legal area of growing significance.

“Transnational law regulates actions or events that transcend national frontiers,” Ms Gerry said.

“It’s a varied and dynamic area of law that encompasses the complex legal realities in an age of increased globalisation.”

It is the first time that the School of Law at Charles Darwin University has held such an event.

“Topics include ASEAN development, investment strategies, transnational crime, legal education and technology, human trafficking, human security, land rights, human rights and environmental protection,” Ms Gerry said.

“It will provide an opportunity for several of our PhD candidates to showcase the innovative research they’ve undertaken in this 21st century field of law.

“Among them is Maria Randazzo, whose paper ‘Sooner or later, everything old is new again’ provides a fascinating account of the origins and theoretical foundations of transnational law.

“The paper will argue that some of the concepts of transnational law, which stretch back several hundred years, might provide some understanding to its nature and practise in the modern world.”

Ms Gerry said that CDU’s School of Law would continue to maintain a strong focus on transnational law and that today’s seminar was proposed to be the first in a succession of such events over the coming years.

The Transnational Law Research Workshop and Showcase will take place at Casuarina campus today between 8am and 5.30pm.