Responding to the Brereton Inquiry

and allegations of Australian war crimes

Australian war crimes: the basics

An upcoming episode on UQ’s Law and the Future of War podcast.

News of the Brereton Inquiry into alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan rocked the nation on Thursday 19 November. With distressing details making headlines and allegations of systemic failures being brought to light, this podcast looks to take a step back and explain the basics.


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About the speakers

The Law and the Future of War Research Group investigates the diverse ways in which law constrains, enables or ignores technological change in the context of national and global security. 

Dr Simon McKenzieDr Simon McKenzie

Simon McKenzie is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Law. Simon's current research focuses on the legal challenges connected with the defence and security applications of science and technology, with a particular focus on the impact of autonomous systems.

More broadly, his research and teaching interests include the law of armed conflict, international criminal law, and domestic criminal law.

Associate Professor Rain LiivojaAssociate Professor Rain Liivoja

Rain Liivoja is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Law School, where he leads the Law and the Future of War research group. Rain's current research focuses on the legal challenges associated with military applications of science and technology. His broader research and teaching includes general international law, the law of armed conflict and human rights law.

Dr Eve MassinghamDr Eve Massingham

Dr Eve Massingham is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Law. Her current research focuses on the diverse ways in which the law constrains or enables autonomous functions of military platforms, systems and weapons. Eve is the co-editor of Ensuring Respect for International Humanitarian Law (Routledge, 2020) and she has published a number of book chapters and journal articles in the fields of international humanitarian law and international law and the use of force. 

Read Eve’s latest article on the Brereton Inquiry into alleged Australian war crimes: How Australia reacts to the Brereton Inquiry will be telling for its ability to demand respect for the laws of war by other nations

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