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Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

 

Wilkie Referral to ICCLast week, independent MP, Andrew Wilkie, asked the ICC to launch an investigation into whether Australia’s immigration detention policies constitute crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute.

Regarding Rights contributor and former CIGJ visitor, Rosemary Grey considers the implications of the referral in this post for Beyond the Hague.

In less sombre news, we’re thrilled to congratulate another RR contributor and CIGJ visitor, Anita Mackay, on the submission of her PhD thesis and the release of a new book! Anita is co-editor with Bronwyn Naylor and Julie Debeljak of Human Rights in Closed Environments (Federation Press, 2014). The book will be launched by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 25 November 2014 in Melbourne.


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Corporate Gatekeepers on the Internet

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By Natasha Tusikov, Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy, University of Buffalo at the State University of New York

Who makes the rules that govern how we use services and technologies on the Internet, and how are those rules implemented and enforced? Public concern over Internet surveillance peaked in 2013 with Edward Snowden’s dramatic disclosure of highly classified files. The Snowden files reveal that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its allies are highly reliant upon large, U.S.-based Internet firms, particularly Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook, among others. These firms are ideally suited to facilitate mass surveillance as many of their applications and services are premised upon sharing personal information and cultivating ever-expanding social and professional networks. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

The Centre is delighted to be joined this week by our newest Visiting PhD Scholar, Ciara O’Connell. Ciara is joining us from the University of Sussex School of Law, where she’s investigating the effective implementation of women’s reproductive rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System. We look forward to hearing more about Ciara’s research in the virtual pages of Regarding Rights!


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The Politics of Australian Asylum and Border Policy: Escaping the Duelling Paradigms

By Jonathan Kent, University of Toronto

The Abbott government’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy appears to have stopped irregular maritime arrivals to Australia. In the first six months of 2013 (under Labor), 13,108 individuals arrived by boat, while during the first half of 2014 (under the Abbott Coalition Government) there were no boat arrivals.

The Government justifies its tough border policy using the humane and noble logic that it prevents people from dying at sea and puts an end to the exploitation of desperate souls by people smugglers. Whatever the figures on arrivals are, it is far more difficult to estimate the number of individuals who no longer have a viable pathway to a ‘durable solution’ now that Australia has shut the door. Though the current policy meets its most practical objective of ‘stopping the boats’, it is neither a stable nor a viable longterm policy. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Applications are now open for our 2015 Visiting PhD Scholarship Program

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CIGJ invites applications from talented Australian and international PhD scholars enrolled at other universities to visit the Centre between January and December 2015.

Between two and four visiting scholarships for periods of between six to eight weeks will be awarded in 2015. The program encourages visiting PhD scholars to participate actively in the Centre’s research life, and to learn about and engage with research being undertaken towards ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System’.

The PhD scholars who have spent time at the Centre to date have greatly enriched our community of scholars and have forged lasting ties with our members. During their stay, each visiting PhD scholar has presented a research seminar, and nearly all have contributed to Regarding Rights.

More details of the scholarship for 2015 are available for download in PDF format [PDF 49KB].

For further details about the program and information about previous visiting scholars, visit the Visiting PhD Scholar Program page.