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Dr Susan Harris RimmerWelcome to Dr Susan Harris Rimmer

Susan Harris Rimmer has recently joined the ANU School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy as Director of Studies for the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.

Susan brings 14 years’ experience as a lawyer, researcher, campaigner, and policy analyst on issues of human rights, refugees, international development, and women’s policy to the APCD. She is the outgoing President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and a past board member of the UN Women National Committee Australia. Susan is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of East Timor (Routledge 2010) and many refereed articles, and was the winner of the 2006 Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women.

Susan’s research encompasses a broad range of issues in human rights, feminism, and international law; we at Regarding Rights are particularly looking forward to learning more about her developing work in diplomacy, human rights and civil society movements, and on the role of diplomacy as a normative practice to diminish conflict.

Welcome, Susan!

Special Forthcoming Issue of Intersections

Hilary Charlesworth and Margaret Jolly are co-editing a special upcoming issue of the journal Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific.

The issue builds on the March 2012 workshop “Critical Approaches to Gender and Justice”, which gave early career researchers the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about their work with RegNet Adjunct Faculty and Professor of Anthropology in the Institute for Law and Society at New York University, Sally Engle Merry. The workshop was jointly sponsored by Professor Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Project Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism and Professor Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania.

Contributors to the special issue include Kathryn Henne, Anna-Karina Hermkens, Christina Kenny, and Katherine Smith.

The issue, titled “Gender, Justice and Development: Dialogues with Sally Engle Merry”, is scheduled to be published in June.

Italy and Libya: Consequences of the “Friendship Agreement”

Next week, Regarding Rights is pleased to publish a piece by Paola Forgione, one of the recipients of the Centre for International Governance and Justice’s Visiting PhD Scholarships. Paola, who is visiting us from the University of Pavia, Italy, will comment on rights abuses—such as breaches of the principle of non-refoulement—that have arisen under the 2008 “Friendship Agreement” between Libya and Italy. Will a new agreement, drafted after the fall of the Gaddafi regime and the appointment of the new Italian government, respond to these criticisms?

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