24 Adel. L. Rev. 3 (2003)
International Law and the Rule of Law

handle is hein.journals/adelrev24 and id is 9 raw text is: James Crawford*

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE RULE OF LAW
t is a very great honour to have this biennial lecture series instituted in my
name at my Law School. Adelaide is still home despite years of wandering,
and this Law School is and always will be my home Law School, where I
learnt the subject under such lecturers as Horst Liicke, John Keeler, David St
Leger Kelly, Michael Trebilcock, DP O'Connell, Brent Fisse, Ivan Shearer,
Andrew Wells and John Finnis, and with tutors such as the young John Doyle and
the young Bruce Debelle. It is the Law School where I first tried to teach, and was
at least taught how to think for myself and how to examine others by friends and
colleagues such as Michael Detmold. When I was a tram conductor in the summer
vacation I once sold a ticket to a sandalled John Bray on his way to the beach; and
Roma Mitchell was a new figure on the bench, all grace and determination.
It is tempting to imagine that there were giants in those days. But Australians to
this day continue to reach the highest standards of legal education, legal scholarship
and legal professionalism. People at Cambridge often ask why so many good
lawyers come from Australian law schools, and why so many Australians hold
chairs or other positions at Cambridge and Oxford. Actually they ask this question
specifically about professors from Adelaide, and they also mutter about the need for
affirmative action for non-Australians. They ask similar questions about
international lawyers - why so many of them have come from places such as
Adelaide, or at least have sojourned here. (O'Connell of course was not a native;
he was only here for 30 years.) And this is not just a story of old times and old
timers - the standards are maintained and enhanced by scholars such as Hilary
Charlesworth and Judith Gardam. We are fortunate in the standard of our legal
academies, and they are revealed when people like Ninian Stephen or Anthony
Mason or Gavan Griffith preside over international arbitral tribunals, or when
others like Elizabeth Evatt or Ivan Shearer serve as members of the United Nations
Human Rights Committee. We should do everything we can to maintain both the
standard of our law schools and the comprehensive vision of good lawyering which
is the mark of our best graduates, students who, year in and year out, it is such a
pleasure to teach at postgraduate level at Cambridge.
I said 'a comprehensive vision' of law and lawyering. I do not mean just an
international vision, a vision that the international is, as it were, somewhere else -
SC, FBA, BA, LLB (Adel), D Phil (Oxon); Whewell Professor of International Law;
Chair of the Faculty Board of Law, University of Cambridge.

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