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Regarding Rights Regular, Cynthia Banham in the Guardian

Cynthia Banham discusses the politics of the David Hicks case in this recent article for The Guardian.

‘Evidently Australia held some sway over the US in relation to its citizens at Guantanamo Bay – but it only wielded it when domestic politics demanded it.’
Evidently Australia held some sway over the US in relation to its citizens at Guantanamo Bay – but it only wielded it when domestic politics demanded it.’ Photograph: Nikki Short/AAPImage


CIGJ Visitors

It has been a busy few weeks at the Centre, with visits from Sally Engle Merry, Róisín Burke, and Mariana Assis. Sally is Professor of Anthropology, Law and Society at New York University and an Adjunct Professor at the Centre. With typical energy and generosity, Sally packed a great deal into her week long stay. She hosted a masterclass discussing her work on the politics of indicators in the field of human rights; gave a seminar considering four different approaches to doing ethnography in the transnational sphere; and delivered a lecture to celebrate International Women’s Day and the fourth anniversary of ANU’s Gender Institute. Following her lecture, Sally launched three new books, including Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review: Rituals and Ritualism, edited by Emma Larking and CIGJ director, Hilary Charlesworth. Contributors to the book include Ben Authers and CIGJ affiliate, Takele Bulto.

Róisín Burke is an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow based at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. She is currently working on a project examining rule of law programming in transitional states, with a focus on gender justice and women’s legal empowerment. Róisín will be with us until the end of the month.

It has also been a delight to welcome Mariana Assis, our most recent Visiting PhD Scholar. Mariana joins us from the New School for Social Research, where her work focuses on the transnational production and circulation of women’s rights discourses. We look forward to hearing more about Mariana’s research in the digital pages of Regarding Rights!

New database of views issued by Human Rights Treaty Bodies

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently launched a public online database of all case law issued by the UN’s human rights treaty bodies.

As well as being a resource for the general public and for scholars, the Office of the High Commissioner said it hopes the data base will assist individuals who are preparing to submit complaints to the committees by giving them access to the views and decisions taken by expert members.

Another useful resource for Australians are the follow-up reports compiled by Remedy Australia to assess Australia’s responses to treaty body views, and in particular, to see if substantive remedies have been provided in cases in which complaints of human rights violations have been upheld. Remedy’s analysis of 33 cases in which complaints of human rights violations were upheld by the treaty bodies between 1994-2014 suggests that only six have been fully remedied.

International Law Association (Australia) Launches Blog

The ILA (Australia) recently launched a new blog: The ILA Reporter. The blog is edited by Timothy Gorton and CIGJ affiliate, Harry Aitken. Regarding Rights congratulates everyone involved on this exciting new contribution to international law reporting and commentary.

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