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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

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We’re delighted to announce that Refugees and the Myth of Human Rights: Life Outside the Pale of the Law, by CIGJ Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow (and Regarding Rights Co-Editor) Emma Larking, will be published by Ashgate next month. Details, along with information on how to order, can be found here, and you can read the introduction here.

CIGJ Visiting PhD Scholarships

One last reminder that applications for Visiting PhD Scholarships to the Centre close on December 1st!


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UNHCR launches 10 year campaign to eradicate statelessness

A floating Vietnamese community in Cambodia.

A floating ethnic Vietnamese community in Cambodia.

Christoph Sperfeldt

Centre for International Governance and Justice

On 4 November 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a 10-year campaign to eradicate statelessness by the year 2024.

Yang Oun can no longer remember when his ancestors arrived from Vietnam to Cambodia. All he knows is that his parents and grandparents were born in Cambodia and called this place their home. Yang Oun was born in 1964 to a Vietnamese father and a Chinese-Khmer mother. He grew up in a village predominately populated by Cambodia’s ethnic Vietnamese minority. Due to his Vietnamese name he was always perceived to be more “Vietnamese” than Cambodian. When the Khmer Rouge arrived at his village, in April 1975, they separated the Vietnamese from the Khmer residents and forcefully deported his family, along with an estimated 150,000 to 170,000 other members of the Vietnamese minority, across the border to Vietnam. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice

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The Centre is joined this week by our latest Visiting PhD Scholar, Yvette Selim.Yvette is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, where she is researching the contested, negotiated, and resistant relationships between actors in transitional justice in Nepal. In addition to her research, Yvette has worked as a lawyer at an international law firm, as a legal counsel with the International Development Law Organization’s post-tsunami project and was an intern with the UN in the Office of Legal Affairs and the Department of  Disarmament Affairs. She has been involved in various capacities with the Australian Human Rights Centre, The Asia Foundation (the Philippines) and the Centre for International Cooperation and Security (UK).

2015 Visiting PhD Program

A reminder that the deadline for the Centre for International Governance and Justice’s Visiting PhD program is 1 December. Please see here for details of the program.


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De facto immunity for Kenyan President? Deadlock in the Kenyatta case at the International Criminal Court

Kenyan President Uhuhu Kenyatta at a status conference in the ICC, 8 October 2014 (Source: ICC Flickr)

Kenyan President Uhuhu Kenyatta at a status conference in the ICC, 8 October 2014 (Source: ICC Flickr)

By Rosemary Grey, University of New South Wales

Almost three years ago, pre-trial judges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed charges against Kenyan politicians Francis Muthaura and Uhuru Kenyatta, for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post election violence. Since then, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has faced major challenges in collecting the evidence she needs to prove the charges in Court.

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