United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
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Book Launch: Crown and Sword: Executive Power and the Use of Force by the Australian Defence Force
Dr Cameron Moore, ANU College of Law and University of Wollongong
Launched by Henry Burmeister AO, QC, ANU College of Law
Thursday 7 December, 4.30-5pm, ANU College of Law
The Australian Defence Force, together with military forces from a number of western democracies, have for some years been seeking out and killing Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, detaining asylum seekers for periods at sea or running the judicial systems of failed states. It has also been ready to conduct internal security operations at home. The domestic legal authority cited for this is often the poorly understood concept of executive power, which is power that derives from executive and not parliamentary authority.
In an age of legality where parliamentary statutes govern action by public officials in the finest detail, it is striking that these extreme exercises of the use of force often rely upon an elusive legal basis. This book seeks to find the limits to the exercise of this extraordinary power.
USI of the ACT members and guests are invited to attend the launch and join the author and ANU College of Law staff for drinks and canapes in the Law foyer from 5pm.
Members can also download ‘Crown and Sword’ from https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/crown-and-sword
We conduct evening lecture meetings and presentations at the Australian Defence College (ADC), Weston Creek and at the R1 Theatrette at Russell.
Members and guests meet in the Weston Creek Mess from 5pm prior to events to enjoy networking and drinks. All are welcome. Access passes are required for entry to the ADC and can be obtained at the ADC gate on production of a photo ID.
No passes are required for the R1 Theatrette.
Australian Defence College
Entry through ADC Guard Gate - advise you are attending a USI event. Car parking is on the left. The mess and bar is at the top right. Normal lectures/presentations are held at the Spender Theatre and for larger events the Blamey Theatre.
You can find the ADC Weston Visitor Safety Guide here.
R1 Russell Offices
After parking make your way to the R1 building and enter through the rotating doors. Proceed immediately to the left prior to the guard station and enter the Theatrette.