Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


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Accommodating people in cages and shipping containers: the reality of overcrowded prisons

By Anita Mackay

Monash University

Shipping containers used to accommodate imprisoned Victorians Image from  www.theage.com.au/victoria/prisoners-moved-into-shipping-containers-20140106-30d23.html

Shipping containers used to accommodate imprisoned Victorians
Image from www.theage.com.au/victoria/prisoners-moved-into-shipping-containers-20140106-30d23.html

Increasing prison populations are a common trend in Australia and internationally. This post examines the Victorian situation because Victoria has the fastest growing prison population in Australia, and attempts to highlight some of the consequences and costs of this phenomenon. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

CIGJ Artwork copyA reminder to PhD scholars working in the field of human rights that applications for CIGJ’s visiting scholarship program close at the end of this month. The Program funds PhD candidates (other than those enrolled at ANU) to visit the Centre for between one and two months. It is supported by Centre Director Hilary Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation, and Ritualism.’ During their visit PhD scholars are encouraged to participate in the Centre’s intellectual life, and to discuss their doctoral projects with researchers in the Centre, RegNet, and the wider ANU community.

Details of the Program and the application process can be found here.


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The Internationalist Dream

By Hilary Charlesworth

Kofi Annan speaking at a World Organisation Against Torture meeting in Geneva in 2010. Portrayed in the painting is banker Jean-Gabriel Eynard, Geneva’s ambassador to the Congress of Vienna in 1815.  Image by Pierre Abensur http://tinyurl.com/lj35tr4

Kofi Annan speaking at a World Organisation Against Torture meeting in Geneva in 2010. Portrayed in the painting is banker Jean-Gabriel Eynard, Geneva’s ambassador to the Congress of Vienna in 1815.
Image by Pierre Abensur http://tinyurl.com/lj35tr4

Centre for International Governance and Justice, RegNet, ANU

Regarding Rights is pleased to publish Hilary Charlesworth’s review of two recent books, Kofi Annan’s memoir (co-written with Nader Mousavizadeh) Interventions: A Life in War and Peace, and Mark Mazower’s Governing the World: The History of an Idea. This review first appeared on Inside Story.

Kofi Annan’s memoir and Mark Mazower’s intellectual history of the international realm complement each other nicely. Annan’s book recounts some of his experiences as a senior official of the United Nations, including nearly a decade as secretary-general from 1997, all linked by the possibilities of international intervention. It is a personal account of events such as NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999, the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals in 2001, East Timor’s path to independence in 2002 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The focus is Annan’s own engagement with and reflections on these occurrences. The tone is one of pride and, occasionally, ruefulness. Mazower has a more ambitious and critical agenda: to chronicle the concept of international cooperation from its first appearance in the eighteenth century until today. Continue Reading →