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Conference: The Australian ‘National Interest’ in the Asian Century: Trade, Investment and Security

Considerable disagreement exists over what is or is not in the ‘national interest’. Having an increasingly broad meaning, ‘national interest’ has been used as a shield and a sword in foreign relations, military intervention, defence building, trade and investment, preservation of natural resources, labour and immigration policies, national and regional security, and multilateral institutionalism. This interdisciplinary conference will provide a forum for academics, lawyers, policymakers, legislators, government officials, trade representatives, consultants, representatives from NGOs, and students to exchange views on issues relating to Australia’s ‘national interest’, explore their implications, and draw lessons for the future.

Conference Program:
Please click here to view the conference program.


26 September 2013 - 27 September 2013


Bond University
Princeton Room, University Centre
Bond University
Gold Coast, QLD 4229

Contact Information

Mairead Courtney
Events Officer
Faculty of Law
Tel: +61 (7) 5595 1042

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