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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events

ForsytheBookclub Event

At a fascinating RegNet ‘bookclub’ on 15th March, CIGJ Associate Professor, Miranda Forsyth was joined by Dr Ian Heath, Managing Consultant of First Thoughts and previously Director General of IP Australia, and RegNet’s Professor Peter Drahos, to discuss her book Weaving intellectual property policy in small island developing states, co-authored with Professor Sue Farran. Miranda’s presentation will feature in a Regarding Rights post in coming months.

Torture and Female Prisoners

In a report delivered earlier this year, Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, considered the applicability of international law’s prohibition of torture to the unique experiences of women and girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. Among the issues canvassed by the Rapporteur is the shackling of female prisoners including pregnant women. In a blog on her website, ‘Research for women in prison’, Helen Crewe discusses the Rapporteur’s characterisation of this practice as a form of a torture, and suggests New York State’s Anti-Shackling Bill provides an example of how prohibiting the practice – which she says is widespread in many countries – can be monitored and implemented.


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Academics and practitioners: bringing together our strengths

By Philippa Smales*
Research for Development Impact Network

Domestic Workers

Bringing together academics and practitioners can strengthen research in many different areas, including in human rights and in international aid and development. Due to the nature of their work, academics and practitioners tend to conceive of and measure their research impact or outputs differently. While this can lead to a failure to connect, harnessing the strengths of both approaches can produce better outcomes, overall.

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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events

Rosemary GreyCongratulations Rosemary

Congratulations are due to former CIGJ Visiting PhD scholar, Rosemary Grey, who has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne. The fellowship is part of the Melbourne Law School’s post-doctoral program, designed to support talented early career researchers. Rose is looking forward to taking up the fellowship in June and to working on a project titled, ‘Gendering the Rome Statute: The Potential and Limitations of Article 21(3)’. Rose’s previous research has featured in posts for Regarding Rights on the evolving concept of ‘sexual violence’ in international law and on the International Criminal Court’s attempt to prosecute Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta. We wish you all the best for your move to Melbourne Rose!

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The Living Dead — An Independence Framework

By Shane Chalmers*

Centre for International Governance & Justice, RegNet, ANU

‘Untitled, 1960’ (Photograph: Joseph Moise Agbodjélou, published by The Guardian)

‘Untitled, 1960’ (Photograph: Joseph Moise Agbodjélou, published by The Guardian)

This studio portrait was taken in 1960 by the Beninese photographer Joseph Moise Agbodjélou, within months of Benin gaining independence from France. What is remarkable about the photograph is its critical-representational style, that is, its self-conscious use of the representational framework of the art form to create the art work.

The art form is studio photography, which in its traditional mode was developed to create an idealised image. The result is supposed to be a representation, of the family for instance, that one can hang in the entrance of the home as a reminder of its real nature; thus the reality of family life is the one on display in the photograph and not the dysfunctional one on display in everyday life.[1] In this way, the traditional mode of studio photography uses the representational framework uncritically to create a fantasy portrayed as reality. Continue Reading →