Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News & Events

Karima Bennoune

Karima Bennoune

CIGJ is looking forward to welcoming Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, who will be visiting us at the end of this month. Professor Bennoune will discuss her recent book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism at a public lecture on Thursday 29 May, and the following day she will host a masterclass for PhD scholars and early career researchers on research methods, drawing on her experience serving on human rights missions in the Middle East.

Before joining the University of California, Professor Bennoune taught at Rutgers School of Law and Michigan Law School. She is the first Arab-American to win the Derrick Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups. She has served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.


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Reflections on the General Assembly’s Recent Resolution on Human Rights Treaty Body Reform

By Fiona McGaughey,

University of Western Australia

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

After more than 30 years of discussions and reports on the human rights treaty system, the latest statement from the UN General Assembly is contained in its resolution on reform passed on 9 April. ‘Strengthening and Enhancing the Effective Functioning of the Human Rights Treaty Body System’ includes measures that should improve the efficiency of the system, but it is not self-evident that these measures will improve its effectiveness. Ultimately, the effectiveness of human rights treaties can only be improved by better promotion and protection of human rights for the people who seek to exercise them, and this broader aim of human rights treaties has not been adequately addressed by the UN.

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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Invitation to contribute to ‘Regarding Rights’

Are you interested in contributing to Regarding Rights? We are happy to publish short pieces of around 400 words, but we also regularly feature more sustained comments of up to 2,000 words. Entries may focus on rights issues that are currently in the public eye; equally importantly, we provide a space for writing that intervenes in long standing debates and that comments on areas of historical and theoretical concern.

Our aim is to publish pieces that represent the breadth of work in human rights. We welcome articles that are carefully considered, reflective and that cast new light on contentious issues. Submissions from both academic and activist contributors are welcome.

If you are interested please contact the editors of Regarding Rights:

Emma Larking at emma.larking@anu.edu.au

Mareike Riedel at mareike.riedel@anu.edu.au


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Some Experiential and Theoretical Remarks on Human Rights

By Angela Condello

A crucifix erected in Sicily in recognition of migrants lost at sea.

A crucifix erected in Sicily in recognition of migrants lost at sea.

University of Roma Tre and Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities

Are human rights natural, or are they conventional? This preliminary and (way) too broad question leads us to reflect on the philosophical legitimation of human rights and, all the while, on the intersections and interactions between law and language. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

We are happy to announce the successful recipients of CIGJ Visiting PhD Scholarships for 2014: congratulations to Mariana Assis (The New School for Social Research); Ciara O’Connell (University of Sussex); Mikko Rajavuori (University of Turku); Yvette Selim (University of New South Wales); and Nathan Willis (Southern Cross University). We also look forward to welcoming Jonathan Kent (University of Toronto) and Betheli O’Carroll (University of Queensland) as Visiting PhD Scholars at the Centre later this year. We will introduce all our PhD visitors individually to Regarding Rights readers over the course of the year – and we look forward to their contributions to our human rights conversation! Our thanks as well to everyone who applied – the strength of the applications we received made our decision-making extremely difficult. If you missed out this year, please do think about applying again next year.