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Laws and Societies in Global Contexts

Laws and Societies in Global Contexts

 Laws and Societies in Global Contexts – new book by Eve Darian-Smith

CIGJ congratulates Eve Darian-Smith on the recent publication of her book, Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches (CUP). Eve is Professor in Global & International Studies at the University of California and an Adjunct Professor at RegNet, where she is a regular visitor. Eve’s text challenges the tendency in law and society scholarship to focus on single legal systems and societies. In Eve’s account, this focus ‘perpetuates a Western international relations model that too often conflates law, culture, and the nation-state’.

Centre Visitors: Christoph Sperfeldt & Jonathan Kolieb

Christoph Sperfeldt, who is a familiar face at RegNet, returned this week as a guest of the Centre. Christoph is the Regional Program Coordinator at the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI), where he focuses on regional human rights and justice sector capacity-building in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining AIJI, Christoph worked in Cambodia with the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, and as Reparations Advisor to the Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). His experience in Cambodia forms the subject matter of a RegNet seminar Christoph will present on Tuesday 28th of May – on victim participation and collective reparations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Christoph’s other research interests include statelessness and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.

Jonathan Kolieb, who is a PhD scholar in the University of Melbourne’s law faculty, arrives at the Centre next week. Jonathan is the first of a group of PhD scholars who will spend up to six weeks visiting the Centre this year. The Centre’s Visiting PhD program is supported by Professor Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship, ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, regulation and ritualism’. The program attracted some wonderful scholars last year (including Regarding Rights contributors Anita McKay, Paola Forgione, and Rumyana Grozdanova), and we look forward to hosting this year’s group. Jonathan’s research is in international conflict resolution, and his work is multidisciplinary, drawing on political theory and international relations as well as law. The (tentative!) title of his thesis is, ‘Peace, the corporation and global regulation: enhancing the role of the private sector in preventing and resolving armed conflict’.

CIGJ welcomes Christoph and Jonathan!

The constitutional protection of Indigenous rights in Aotearoa New Zealand

Next’s week’s post, by Fleur Adock, will consider the implications of the national dialogue begun recently in Aotearoa New Zealand around the place of the country’s first peoples in its constitution.

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