Category Archives: International Law

Commonwealth v Tasmania (“Tasmanian Dam case”) [1983] HCA 21 | 1 July 1983

ON 1 JULY 1983, the High Court of Australia delivered Commonwealth v Tasmania (“Tasmanian Dam case”) [1983] HCA 21; (1983) 158 CLR 1 (1 July 1983).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1983/21.html

The Tasmanian Government, who sought to construct a hydro-electric dam on the Franklin River, brought a constitutional challenge to the Commonwealth’s World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983 on various grounds including that the Commonwealth had no power to legislate on such a matter.

The challenge was unsuccessful. The court ruled that the Act was validly enacted under the Commonwealth’s external affairs power under s51 of the Constitution as it gave effect to their international treaty obligations under the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

As a result of this decision, the construction of a hydro-electric dam in Tasmania’s Franklin River was blocked.

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Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v Japan: New Zealand intervening) | International Court of Justice

ON 31 MARCH 2014, the International Court of Justice found Japan’s Antarctic whaling program to be not in accordance with the relevant international convention.

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German Unification Treaty

ON 31 AUGUST 1990, the German Unification Treaty was signed, amending the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

ON 16 SEPTEMBER 1987, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Lawyer was agreed.

https://treaties.un.org/pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XXVII-2-a&chapter=27&lang=en

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1974 | Nuclear Tests case

ON THIS DAY in 1974, the International Court of Justice delivered Nuclear Tests (Australia v France).

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The Convention relating to the Status of Refugees 1951

ON 22 APRIL 1954, the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees commenced.

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Nuremberg Trials

ON 20 NOVEMBER 1945, the Nuremberg Trials began.

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