Professor Andrew Byrnes

Andrew Byrnes joined the UNSW Law Faculty as Professor of International Law in May 2005. Previously, he was Professor of Law at the Australian National University (2001-2005) and prior to that was Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, where he was Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and Director of the Master of Laws in Human Rights until his departure in 2001. For a complete listing of publications see http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/staff/byrnesa/

Areas of expertise

International law, Human rights law (particularly gender and disability issues),  International criminal law, Discrimination law, Terrorism and the law

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

President, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (2009-2013)

Editorial positions

Australian Yearbook of International Law, Co-Editor (until mid-2007) Member Editorial Board (from mid-2007)

Australian Journal of Human Rights, Editorial Board member

New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, Advisory Board Member

New Zealand Armed Forces Law Review, Member Advisory Board

Research Supervision

Jacoba Brasch (PhD) (The Asutralian military justice system and civilianisation)

Ricardo Sunga (LLM) (Enforced disappearances and international human rights law)

Lu Wenwen (LLM) (Comparative anti-terrorism law: Australia, Malaysia, Singapore)

Andre Gustavo de Almeida Geraldes (PhD) (Sustainable developmnet and the role of development banks in the Brazilian Amazon)

Lou Schetzer (PhD) (Human rights charters and the hollowed-out State)

Nigel Davidson (SJD, ANU) (International law and the regualtion of conflict diamonds)

Joanne Lee (PhD, ANU) (The International CrimInal Court)

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Book Chapters

Byrnes A;Simm G, 2018, '‘Reflections on the Past and Future of Peoples' Tribunals’', in Byrnes A;Simm G (ed.), Peoples' Tribunals and International Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 259 - 273

Byrnes A, 2018, '‘Foreword’', in Tehrani PM;Adam A (ed.), Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on State Cries Allegedly Committee in Myanmar against the Rohingyas, Kachins and Other Groups, Judgment, Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal/Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, pp. xi - xxi

Byrnes A;Simm G, 2018, 'Andrew Byrnes and Gabrielle Simm, ‘International Peoples’ Tribunals: Their Nature, Practice and Significance’', in Byrnes A;Simm G (ed.), Andrew Byrnes and Gabrielle Simm (eds), Peoples’ tribunals and international law (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 11-41, edn. 1st, Cambridge Univesrity Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 11 - 41

Byrnes AC, 2017, ''Australia and International Criminal Law '', in Crawford E;Rothwell D (ed.), International Law in Australia, Lawboo Co/ThomsonReuters, Sydney, pp. 201 - 231

Byrnes AC, 2016, 'An International Human Rights Law Perspective', in The Critical Judgments Project Re-Reading Monis V the Queen

Byrnes AC, 2016, 'Human Rights and the Anti-Doping Lex Sportiva— The Relationship of Public and Private International Law, ‘Law Beyond the State’ and the Laws of Nation States', in Haas U;Healey DJ (ed.), Doping in Sport and the Law, Hart Publishing Limited, pp. 81 - 104

Byrnes AC;Renshaw C, 2014, 'Within the State', in Moeckli D;Shah S;Sivakumaran S;Harris D (ed.), International Human Rights Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 458 - 475, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199654574.do

Byrnes AC, 2013, 'Gender Challenges for international human rights', in Sheeran S; Rodley SN (ed.), Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law, Routledge, UK, pp. 615 - 634, http://site.ebrary.com/lib/gobi/docDetail.action?docID=10835763&page=1

Byrnes AC, 2013, 'The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women', in Hellum A;Sinding Aasen H (ed.), Women's Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law, edn. Studies on Human Rights Conventions, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 27 - 61, http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/human-rights/womens-human-rights-cedaw-international-regional-and-national-law

Byrnes AC, 2013, 'The Implementation of the CEDAW Convention in Australia: success, trials, tribulations and continuing struggle', in Hellum A;Sinding Aasen H (ed.), Women's Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 323 - 357, http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/human-rights/womens-human-rights-cedaw-international-regional-and-national-law

Byrnes A, 2013, 'The role of national human rights institutions', in Human Rights and Disability Advocacy, pp. 222 - 238

Tarantola D;Byrnes A;Johnson M;Kemp L;Zwi A;Gruskin S, 2013, 'Human rights, health and development', in Health and Human Rights in a Changing World, pp. 154 - 178, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203576298

Kemp MC;Nakagawa H;Uchida T, 2011, 'Introduction', in Positive and Normative Analysis in International Economics: Essays in Honour of Hiroshi Ohta, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230348202

Byrnes A, 2011, 'Toward more effective enforcement of women's human rights through the use of international human rights law and procedures', in Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives, pp. 189 - 227

Byrnes A, 2011, 'The implementation of the cedaw in Australia: Success, trials, tribulations and continuing struggle', in Women's Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law, pp. 321 - 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139540841.016

Byrnes AC;Renshaw C, 2010, 'Within the State', in Moeckli D;Shah S;Sivakumaran S;Harris D (ed.), International Human Rights Law, edn. First Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 498 - 517, http://www.oup.com.au/titles/higher_ed/law/academic__and__reference/9780199560257

Byrnes AC;McKinnon G, 2008, 'The ACT Human Rights Act 2004 and the Commonwealth Anti-Terrorism Act (No 2) 2005: A Triumph for Federalism or a Federal Triumph?', in Gani M;Mathew P (ed.), Fresh Perspectives on the ?War on Terror?, edn. Original, ANU E-Press, Canberra, pp. 361 - 378

Byrnes AC, 2008, 'More Law or Less Law? The Resilience of Human Rights Law and Institutions in the ¿War on Terror¿', in Gani M;Mathew P (ed.), Fresh Perspectives on the ?War on Terror?, edn. Original, ANU E-Press, Canberra, pp. 127 - 158

Scarponcini P;Camateros S;Custers O;Zlatanova S;van Oosterom P, 2008, 'Introduction', in Creating Spatial Information Infrastructures: Towards the Spatial Semantic Web, pp. xiii - xxiv

Byrnes AC, 2007, 'The right to life, the death penalty and human rights law: an international and Australian perspective', in Catholic Social Justice Series, edn. 61, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, North Sydney, pp. 26 - 45

Byrnes AC, 2006, 'Reform of the United Nations and Human Rights', in Human Rights 2005: The Year in Review, edn. 1st, Castan Centre for Human Rights, Monash University, Melbourne, pp. 31 - 56

Byrnes AC, 2005, 'Using International Human Rights Procedures to Advance the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities', in National Human Rights Commission of India, Disability Manual, edn. Original, National Human Rights Commission India, New Delhi, pp. 215 - 242

Byrnes AC, 2005, 'Overview of International Law (International Human Rights Law and its Relation to National Law)', in National Human Rights Commission of India, Disability Manual, edn. Original, National Human Rights Commission India, New Delhi, pp. 39 - 56

Byrnes AC, 2005, 'The Law was Warful: The Iraq War and the Role of International Lawyers in the Domestic Reception of International Law', in Charlesworth H;Chaim M;Howell D;Williams G (ed.), The Fluid State: International Law and National Legal Systems, edn. 1st, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 229 - 250

Byrnes AC, 2005, 'Introduction', in International Women`s Rights Cases - Women`s Human Rights: Leading International and National Cases, edn. 1st, Cavendish Publishing, London, pp. xiii - xliii

Byrnes AC, 2004, 'Hong Kong’s Bill of Rights Experience and its (Ir)relevance to the ACT Debate over a Bill of Rights', in Comparative Perspectives on Bills of Rights, edn. Original, National Institute of Social Sciences & Law, Canberra, ACT, pp. 33 - 48

Ritchie EC, 2002, 'Conclusion', in Military Medicine, edn. 9 SUPPL., pp. 96 - 97

Books

Byrnes A;Hayashi M;Michaelsen C, 2013, International Law in the New Age of Globalization, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

Byrnes AC;Charlesworth H;McKinnon G, 2009, Bills of Rights in Australia: History, Politics and Law, Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia

Tarantola D;Byrnes AC;Johnson MR;Kemp LA;Zwi A;Gruskin S, 2008, Human Rights, Health and Development: Technical Series Paper #08.1, 1st, The UNSW Initiative for Health and Human Rights, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Byrnes AC;Emerton R;Adams K;Connors J, 2005, International Women`s Rights Cases - Women`s Human Rights: Leading International and National Cases, 1st, Cavendish Publishing, London

Conference Papers

Byrnes AC, 2010, 'The Convention and the Committee: Reflections on their role in the Development of International Human Rights Law and as a Catalyst for National Legislative and Policy Reform', in The Convention and the Committee: Reflections on their role in the Development of International Human Rights Law and as a Catalyst for National Legislative and Policy Reform, UN Commission on the Status of Women, 54th session, New York, presented at UN Commission on the Status of Women, 54th session, New York, 01 - 12 March 2010, http://law.bepress.com/unswwps/flrps10/art17/

Conference Presentations

Byrnes AC, 2007, 'Disability, Human Rights and Development: Biwako, the Convention and Beyond', presented at High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012, Bangkok, Thailand, 19 - 21 September 2007

Byrnes AC, 2005, 'United Nations Reform and Human Rights', presented at Human Rights 2005: Year in Review, Melbourne, Victoria, 02 December 2005

Byrnes AC, 2003, 'Changing reality: all roads lead to equality?', presented at 97th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 02 - 05 April 2003

Byrnes AC, 2003, 'Unilateralism vs Multilateralism: Is there hope for international institutions?', presented at 11th Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Wellington, New Zealand, 01 January 2003

Edited Books

2018, Peoples’ tribunals and international law

Journal articles

Byrnes AC, 2017, '‘Time to put on the 3-D glasses: is there a need to expand JSCOT’s mandate to cover “instruments of less than treaty status”?’', Australian International Law Journal, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 14, http://ila.org.au/publications/australian-international-law-journal/

Byrnes AC, 2017, '‘Whose International Law Is It? Some Reflections on the Contributions of Non-State Actors to the Development and Implementation of International Human Rights Law'', Japanese Yearbook of International Law, vol. 59, pp. 14 - 50, http://www.ilajapan.org/jyil/

Byrnes AC, 2015, 'The Meanings of International Law: Government Monopoly, Expert Precinct or Peoples' law?', Australian Yearbook of International Law

Simm GA;Byrnes A, 2014, 'International Peoples' Tribunals in Asia: Political Theatre, Juridical Farce, or Meaningful Intervention?', Asian Journal of International Law (online), vol. 4, pp. 103 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2044251313000246

Byrnes A;Simm G, 2013, 'PEOPLES' TRIBUNALS, INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE USE OF FORCE', UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES LAW JOURNAL, vol. 36, pp. 711 - 744, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213964700014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams S;Byrnes A, 2013, 'Foreword', Journal of International Criminal Justice, vol. 11, pp. 1023 - 1027, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqt056

Byrnes A;Goldblatt B, 2012, 'Justice for All? Ten Years of the International Criminal Court', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 18, pp. 69 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323-238X.2012.11882107

Renshaw C;Byrnes AC;Durbach A, 2010, 'Human Rights Protection in the Pacific: The Emerging Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Region', NZ Journal of Public and International Law, vol. 8, pp. 117 - 144, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=334611879468776;res=IELHSS

Byrnes AC, 2010, 'Second-Class Rights Yet Again? Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Report of the National Human Rights Consultation', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 193 - 238, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=337295027329957;res=IELFSC

Durbach A;Byrnes AC;Renshaw C, 2009, 'A tongue but no teeth? The emergence of a regional human rights mechanism in the Asia Pacific region', Sydney Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 211 - 238

Renshaw C;Byrnes AC;Durbach A, 2009, 'Implementing human rights in the Pacific through the work of national human rights institutions: the experience of Fiji', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, vol. 40, pp. 251

Byrnes AC, 2008, 'Health, Human Rights and Development', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 13, pp. 1 - 32

Byrnes A;Durbach A;Renshaw C, 2008, 'Joining the club: the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, the Paris Principles, and the advancement of human rights protection in the region', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 14, pp. 63 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2008.11910846

Byrnes A;Bath E, 2008, 'Violence against women, the obligation of due diligence, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women - Recent developments', Human Rights Law Review, vol. 8, pp. 517 - 533, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngn022

Byrnes AC;Durbach A, 2007, 'Continuing Engagement : the AHRC looks forward', Human Rights Defender, vol. 16, pp. 5 - 6

Reports

Byrnes AC;Freeman M, 2012, The Impact of the CEDAW Convention: Paths to equality”,  Background paper prepared for the World Development Report 2012 (2011), World Bank, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWDR2012/Resources/7778105-1299699968583/7786210-1322671773271/Byrnes-and-Freeman-FINAL-18-May-2011-with%20acknowledgements.pdf

Byrnes AC, 2010, Final Report of the Australian Capital Territory Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Project, September 2010, ACT Legislative Assembly

Byrnes AC;Charlesworth H;Harris Rimmer S;Durbach A, 2009, Submission into the Inquiry into the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, conducted by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, February 2009, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, SCOT Report No 99

Byrnes AC;Thilagaratnam R, 2009, Submission to the National Consultation on Human Rights, 15 June 2009, ACT Legislative Assembly

Byrnes AC;Durbach A, 2009, Submission of the Australian Human Rights Centre to the National Consultation on Human Rights, 15 June 2009, ACT Legislative Assembly

Byrnes AC;Charlesworth H;Thilagaratnam R;McKinnon G, 2009, The Human Rights Act 2004: The First Five Years of Operation , A Report to the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety prepared by the ACT Human Rights Act Research Project, May 2009, ACT Legislative Assembly

Byrnes AC, 2007, UN Human Rights Treaties: Obligations and Content, Vietnam-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program, Hanoi, UN Human Rights Treaties: Obligations and Content

Byrnes AC, 2007, Drug Offences, the Death Penalty, and Indonesia¿s Human Rights Obligations in the case of the Bali 9: Opinion submitted to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia, Drug Offences, the Death Penalty, and Indonesia`s Human Rights Obligations in the Case of the Bali 9

Byrnes AC, 2007, International and National Monitoring and Implementation Procedures Under UN Human Rights Treaties, Vietnam-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program, International and National Monitoring and Implementation Procedures Under UN Human Rights Treaties

Byrnes AC;Charlesworth H;McKinnon G;Pham K, 2007, Submission to the Consultation Committee for a Proposed WA Human Rights Act, August 2007, Consultation Committee for a Proposed Western Australian Human Rights Act, Submission to the Consultation Committee for a Proposed Western Australian Human Rights Act

Byrnes AC;Kho CL, 2003, Bangkok Draft: Proposed Elements of a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the Regional Workshop towards a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, 14-17 October 2003, B

Byrnes AC, 2003, Reflections on the proposed international convention on the human rights of persons with disabilities in the light of existing international human right standards: form, process and substance, Reflections on the proposed international convention on the human rights of persons with disabilities in the light of existing international human right standards: form, process and substance

Working Papers

Byrnes AC, 2007, State Obligation and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against women, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, State Obligation and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against women, http://dx.doi.org

International law, Human rights law (particularly gender and disability issues) International criminal law, Discrimination law, Terrorism and the law