National Security

Government faces increasing challenges in national security from a diverse range of threats, including terrorism, border security, environmental risks and maritime and aviation breaches. Our Government Industry Group is one of the few private firms with the expertise required to meet the growing sophistication and complexity of the national security issues facing government.

Our expertise includes regularly advising leading national security agencies such as: the Department of Defence (including the Defence Materiel Organisation, Chief Information Officer Group and the Infrastructure Group), the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (including the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, various Australian intelligence agencies, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Airservices Australia and the NSW Police and Victorian Police.

We have the expertise to advise government on issues of administrative law, commercial and corporate law, international law, competition and regulatory law, migration law, environmental law, fraud, and enforcement. In addition, our lawyers have expertise in managing highly sensitive litigation and appearing before Commissions and Inquiries.

MinterEllison is also a thought leader in the area of national security topics. We regularly host boardroom briefing functions in conjunction with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on contemporary issues relating to national security.

16 January 2013

On 31 December 2012, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), a foreign-related arbitration commission set up by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (also known as the China Chamber of International Commerce) (CCPIT), released its Announcement on Issues Concerning CIETAC Shanghai Sub-Commission and CIETAC South China Sub-Commission" (the Latest Announcement). This is the latest development in a dispute, which has been on foot since April 2012, between CIETAC, the Shanghai Sub-Commission of CIETAC (CIETAC Shanghai), and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) (the CIETAC Dispute). SCIA was known as the South China Sub-Commission of CIETAC before 22 October 2012.