Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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November 10th, 2015

@nicilind The world-weary Russian accent helped, yes.

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@nicilind Yes, I like how it was flipped into being a matter of taste, of disappointment with his poor life choice.

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Old Russian woman frowns at young man playing loud music on the train. “It is too early for rock’n’roll.”

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I’m currently catching a train… sorry, participating in a rail transport hackathon on errands. Sorry, I mean a logistical hackathon.

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If I understand correctly, current strategy is to innovate by rebranding everything as a hackathon.

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As planned, I’m leaving because I have Other Things To Do today. Looks like there will be some good connections happening.

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Arguing with lawyers.

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yapstersez SupremeCrt of China dedicate huge effort & resources in locating case facts, not just interpreting law. Cue amazing

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Announcement! GovRight launches Constitution Lab, an open working group researching constitution-making. constitutionlab.org

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This is fascinating stuff, but my brain is now a grey fog, thanks to sudden, massive shoulder pain.

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@jeamland Yes, that’s how parliaments work.

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This is basically a startup that provides Democratic Civil Society as a Service (DCSaaS), I shall call it.

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GovRight’s concept is building platforms for democracies, so improvements from one country’s experience can advantage others.

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Example: Crowdsourcing the Constitution of Morocco in 2011.

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He’s placing Legislation Lab in the context of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) movement.

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Tarik Nesh-Nash is CEO of GovRight.

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Next up, Tarik Nesh-Nash on Legislation Lab, a platform for public discussion of upcoming legislation. legislationlab.org/en/about

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@yapstersez So, crimes against humanity as recreation, eh? I see.

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The records of the special courts for Sierra Leone are now archived with those of the Nuremberg Trials, which seems apt.

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There’s a lot in this about protecting the identity of witnesses and such.

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Here are the UN rules “Archives of the International Criminal Tribunals” unmict.org/en/about/archi… HT @CassPF

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Crimes against humanity before lunch.

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The question is, once the tribunals have done their work, what is done with the evidence and documents gathered.

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Williams has done work on “extraordinary chambers” in Cambodia, but today’s example will be Sierra Leone.

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Next up: Sarah Williams, ‘The legacy of international criminal courts: memory, archives and accountability’

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TPP is a trade negotiation. It’s the view of government, and other governments involved, that giving away your position is wrong.

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Mason says he’s happy to explain the government position to anyone who wishes it in the break.

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Either way, though, this pressure for more openness will reach a climax in May next year. Maybe there’ll be changes.

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Mason says there’s a pressure for more openness in the treaty-making process. The government, of which he’s a part, disagrees.

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I wonder how our international guests are coping with this quick, jargon-studded descent into a parliamentary process rabbit hole.

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That is all done in the Australian Treaties Library at @aistlii. austlii.edu.au/au/other/dfat/

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Finally, everything that JSCOT did had to be published in JSCOT as quickly as possible.

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Also established then was the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), to examine all treaties before they came into force.

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Another reform was enhanced consultation between the federal govt and the states and territories in relation to treaties.

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Key reform: all treaties, once signed, would be tabled in Parliament and made public, accomanied by a “national interest analysis”.

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Mason refers to the 1995 report “Trick or Treaty? Commonwealth Power to Make and Implement Treaties” aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_…

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@AusRob You’re taking that out of context.

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… it was only in the 1990s that countries including AU pointed out the democratic deficiency in having law-like things with debate15

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Even though Woodrow Wilson declared an end to secret treaties in 1918, even though UN said treaties must be registered to be valid..15

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It was therefore secret. The idea of involving parliament, let alone wider civil society, or (gasp!) the people is quite recent.

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Mason begins by pointing out that treaty-making was historically the power of the sovereign alone.

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First, David Mason, DFAT, ‘International treaty making at a Crossroads: The significance of online access to the treaty process.

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@bigmac You’re just a lightweight.

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@andreitaflan Thanks, Andrei. I’m covering a conference today, but this looks really interesting.

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Now, it’s the morning breakout sessions. This is where I am. pic.twitter.com/pq2MsXRgEh

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I haven’t looked at this analysis yet, but the headline suggests it’s interesting. twitter.com/andreitaflan/s…

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Things look a bit different from up here. instagram.com/p/94eRl1CFlI/

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Going on stage now.

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I’ll have to go on stage shortly, but if you follow the hashtag you’ll be able to pick up @yapstersez’s tweets.

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@yapstersez @GuardianAus I don’t think Chadwick uses Twitter.

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This is a much more enlivened speech by Paul Chadwick, now with @GuardianAus, but AU’s Privacy Commissioner for 5 years after 9/11.

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Oh. I think I need to pay attention to this next bit, ‘cos I’m on the panel discussing it. pic.twitter.com/oFwGqxoWF1

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Jacobs, a medical type, says he’s proud of the @UNSW Law School’s emphasis on social justice, equality, diversity.

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@dickybeacholdie Wrong Attorney-General. Please try to keep up.

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And now @UNSW Vice Chancellor, Prof Ian Jacobs, who also praises austlii in its 25th year. instagram.com/p/94Y4UBiFsU/

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Dean of UTS Law School, Prof Lesley Hitchens, plugs austlii’s work. instagram.com/p/94YktTiFry/

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We are wished well for an inspiring conference. Yes, well, that speech from the A-G wasn’t exactly a good omen. Polite applause.

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@UNSW Thanks. As we got closer to the campus, I could see the tension rise.

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I don’t think visiting law-via-internet specialists need to be told that online services are accessible from anywhere, A-G.

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I think it must be said that apart from that one soundbite, this is a workmanlike speech at best.

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A NSW survey shows the main reason people don’t get civil justice is that thay don’t know where to look.

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Access to justice is like love, Upton says. It’s “something you’ll know when you feel it.”

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Upton is stressing the “chief law officer” part of her job as A-G, and how it transcends party politics.

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The Attorney-General starts by praising @UNSW, her alma mater. instagram.com/p/94WKBHiFn4/

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Opening address by Gabrielle Upton, NSW Attorney-General, “Access to Justice & the Rule of Law: the role of tech & the internet”

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After Law School Dean Prof David Dixon opens the day,Welcome to Country is done by a local tribal elder. Didn’t catch his name.

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“There’s never been a more exciting time to be an Australian.” twitter.com/lukehopewell/s…

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This is, of course, a gathering of that rare breed, lawyers who know about computers.

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@SnarkyPlatypus “I’ve cybered so much I’ve put on 10kg!”

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The catering has ramped up a notch. instagram.com/p/94SrX2CFig/

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The catering at academic conferences isn’t quite as lavish as tech sector corporate. instagram.com/p/94Q8-JiFvt/

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First sessions include keynote by NSW Attorney-General, @GuardianAus’s Paul Chadwick, a panel that I’m on. pic.twitter.com/oFwGqxoWF1

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This morning I’m tweeting from @austlii’s Law via Internet conference at @UNSW. lvi2015.org/programme/ Mute to avoid.

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I’ve arrived and registered before they’ve even got the coffee happening. instagram.com/p/94QFktiFuT/

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@UNSW Would today’s inbound students be on study break, or have exams started?

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The one good thing about a private education, @smperris, is learning the tone of voice that indicates your polite request is an order.

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“Come on, people,” I say in a loud and clear voice. “Move. The driver has to be nice to you. I don’t.” They move.

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People are not moving all ty the way into the bus, despite the driver’s encouragement. I think I will help.

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@oberonsghost @SnarkyPlatypus Oh true. Which is why we’re having a conference.

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@SnarkyPlatypus @darkhorse166 It’s pretty busy, but the Sydney Buses staff have it all under control.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Yes, for several reasons. I’ll blog about it as I go, I think.

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In my day, students would never have been eager to arrive at uni at 8am. The world has gone mad.

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Queueing for the @UNSW express bus 891. instagram.com/p/94L2FbiFmm/

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Tue plan: Train to Sydney (done); bus to @UNSW; @austlii’s Law via Internet conf lvi2015.org; errand; review doco audio; dinner.

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Oh. They’re “getting off at Redfern”. I’d forgotten that some commuter-zone services stop there.

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People are queueing for the door, and the train hasn’t even passed Newtown yet. Something is wrong with these people.

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I wonder what @paulwallbank will be banned from today. I think they’re starting to realise that the suit is a lie.

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@andrewfaith What? Oh, probably because @TrainLinkWest’s tools flag me as a problem child who can use a gun. They’re living in fear!

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@mgherman My profile images are always appropriate.

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@TrainLinkWest No problems. Though to be honest, i sometimes feels that some guards just can’t be arsed trying.

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@TrainLinkWest You can barely even notice that there IS an announcement over the roar of the aircon fan.

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@TrainLinkWest Guard announcements on the train arriving at Central at 0733 are completely inaudible, at least in lead car 8076.

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@TheDanBarrett Yes, that fast-iteration model just can’t be done using traditional organisational structures. You’ve triggered an op-ed.

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@TheDanBarrett Stanhope’s observation was exactly the disintermediation that’s happening all over. Or rather, apps replace humans.

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@TheDanBarrett Thanks, Dan. Clever, yes, but on SBS2. After recording I realised I could just look in my browser history.

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@supersat On that exact note, having used Android phones for years, I ordered an iPhone yesterday. To go with a MacBook Pro and iPad mini.

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The taxi was at @bunjaree early, so I’m on the 0543 train to Sydney, not the faster-running 0606.

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@clothedvillainy Idiot. You didn’t spot the joke. I just tweet some of the-things-that-I-know-are-jokes that create curious mental images.

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Tue plan, draft: 0606 train to Sydney; 0830 Law via Internet conf UNSW lvi2015.org; errands; review doco audio; dinner; thud.

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Tuesday. If you ask, They will give you Their professional opinion: Your bicycle is broken. Tuesday.

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