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Academic and activist perspectives on human rights

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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events

Exciting news for Cynthia

 Cynthia BanhamWe are delighted to announce that CIGJ Postdoctoral Fellow and Regarding Rights contributor, Cynthia Banham has been awarded a University of Queensland Fellowship. These prestigious Fellowships are designed to support academics of exceptional calibre. Cynthia will take up the Fellowship in UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies where she will work on a new project titled, ‘The voice and international human rights: offshore detention after 9.11’. In other great news for Cynthia, she has signed a contract with Hart Publishing to publish a book based on her PhD thesis. The book will be called Liberal Democracies and the Torture of their Citizens and is due out in 2017. Congratulations on both counts Cynthia!

Human Rights Tertiary Teachers Workshop

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers' Workshop

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop

The 6th annual Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop was hosted by the Faculty of Law at UNSW on the 17th of February. As with previous workshops, it was a wonderful day with many lively discussions about the practice and teaching of human rights. We will provide a fuller account of the day in a future ‘news & events’ post.



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Law as a site of politics: an interview with Hilary Charlesworth

By Mareike Riedel

Centre for International Governance and Justice, RegNet, ANU


This interview with CIGJ Director, Hilary Charlesworth, appeared first on Völkerrechtsblog.

Hilary Charlesworth is best known for her work on feminist theory and international law, however her intellectual curiosity extends far beyond this – for example she recently explored the role of rituals and ritualism in human rights monitoring and in 2011 she was appointed judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice for the Whaling in the Antarctic case. In 2015 Völkerrechtsblog had the pleasure to meet with Hilary Charlesworth in her sunny Canberra office and talk with her about the old and new boundaries of international law and what feminism in international institutions has in common with space food.

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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events


Mareike Riedel Miranda ForsythRoberts_Anthea_2016 Kent_Lia_2015

We are very pleased to welcome Mareike Reidel back to the CIGJ – and as a new editor of Regarding Rights. Mareike visited us last year and has now transferred permanently from the Law & Anthropology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. With a background in law, linguistics, literature and journalism, Mareike’s current PhD research is concerned with the impact of identity discourses and politics on the protection and regulation of religious minorities.

Also returning to the Centre is Miranda Forsythe. In July last year Miranda completed a three year ARC Discovery project investigating the impact of intellectual property laws on development in Pacific Island countries. Miranda has worked as a senior lecturer at the law school of the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Her current research considers the possibilities and challenges presented by the intersections between state and non-state justice and regulatory systems. Welcome Miranda!

Welcome as well to Anthea Roberts. Anthea is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration and comparative international law. She has worked at the London School of Economics (2008-2015), as a Visiting Professor and Professor at Columbia Law School (2012-2015), and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2011-2012).

Finally, we are delighted to belatedly welcome Lia Kent. Lia was until recently a research fellow in ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program. With a background in socio-legal studies, she has research interests in the areas of transitional justice, memory studies, peacebuilding, and gender studies. Lia is currently working on an ARC Discovery project: After Conflict: Local Memories and Nation-building in Timor-Leste and Bougainville.

Senate Inquiry into payments by the Commonwealth of Australia in exchange for the turn back of asylum seeker boats

Last year Hilary Charlesworth, Jacinta Mulders and Emma Larking provided a submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee’s inquiry into payments in exchange for the turn back of asylum seeker boats. Their submission dealt with the legality of such payments under international law. Emma appeared at the Committee hearing last Friday, along with Professor Anthony Cassimatis from the University of Queensland, and Greg Hanson and David Manne from Melbourne’s Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre.

Fellowship Request

Former CIGJ visitor – and author of a recent post – Yaprak Yildiz, is hoping to visit Australia again this year. Yaprak is seeking a visiting fellowship for about three months from September or October. She is hoping to find a fellowship that will help cover the costs of her travel as well as accommodation while in Australia. If you have any leads, please email yyy23 at

Where are you now?

Are you a friend of the Centre who lives interstate or overseas, or a former CIGJ visitor? If you haven’t been in touch for a while, we would love to hear from you and to pass on your news to the Regarding Rights community. Let us know where you are working, and any other notable events such as grants awarded, PhDs submitted, and new publications.

Submission Celebrations

Jacky finalYesterday Jacky Parry submitted her PhD thesis, titled ‘Transitional justice and displacement: lessons from Liberia and Afghanistan’. Congratulations Jacky!


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Ritualised responses to ‘new’ terror threats post 9/11

By Rumyana Grozdanova, University of Liverpool

News flash: Deadly terrorism existed before 9/11

A hijacker points his pistol from the cockpit of TWA Flight 847 as an ABC news crew approaches the jet for an interview at Beirut International Airport on June 19, 1985. Image:

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but since the attacks of 11 September 2001 it has been characterised as an unprecedented transnational challenge requiring new laws and international collaboration to combat it. The adoption of UN Security Council Resolutions supporting expansive counter-terror measures, and within some regional organisations and states, the rush to support and implement these measures – all under the rubric of the right of states to individual and collective self-defence – now has the appearance of a well-rehearsed ritual in the aftermath of any particular act of terrorism.

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