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The AUKUS Partnership: What it Means for the Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing Industries in Australia, the UK and the US

The AUKUS pact has geopolitical significance, including with respect to the strategic advantages it may offer Australia’s navy in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. Questions have also been raised in relation to whether Australia’s decision to build and house nuclear-powered submarines gives rise to a potential contravention of international non-proliferation laws.

Furthermore, AUKUS leaves in its wake diplomatic tensions between Australia and France, which followed Australia’s decision to cease discussions with France in relation to a submarine programme prior to AUKUS.

In this article for Construction Law International, Scott Stiegler and Rupert Coldwell explore what the AUKUS partnership means for the engineering, construction and manufacturing industries in Australia, the UK and the US.

Read the full article here.

*This article was first published in Construction Law International, Vol 18 No 3, October 2023, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association.

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