Welcome Nathan Willis
Our most recent Visiting PhD scholar, Nathan Willis, joined us early in the new year. Nathan is based at Southern Cross University and his PhD research analyses the use of rule of law concepts by foreign investors in Rakhine (Arakan) State, Myanmar (Burma). He also considers what legal strategies are available to communities in Rakhine State to safeguard their interests in land and natural resources.
Nathan completed the Juris Doctor degree at the University of Southern Queensland in 2012 and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He is a Registered Nurse and has specialised in both International Health and Development and Aged Care. Nathan has been a lovely addition to the CIGJ and RegNet community and we will be sorry to farewell him at the end of this month. Happily, though, he leaves us with our first Regarding Rights post for the year – Nathan’s consideration of whether Australia’s Corporations Act should be reformed in order to restrain ‘corporate colonialism’ will be published next week.
Congratulations Cheryl White
We are thrilled to congratulate Regarding Rights contributor and much-valued member of RegNet, Cheryl White on the successful completion of her PhD. Cheryl’s thesis, ‘From Expressivism to Communication: A Study of the Trial Procedure of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia’ undertook a close study of the first trial in the ECCC and, on this basis, critiqued prevailing theories of international criminal justice. Describing the thesis as ‘a pleasure to read’, one of her examiners elaborated: ‘This [is] an excellent submission, based on a theory crafted from original thinking and deep and mature reflection. The work has balance, high calibre conceptualisation and engagement with theory, thorough and wide-ranging research, sophisticated and meticulous analysis, an original methodology and a wonderful drafting style throughout.’