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The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law

Hilary Charlesworth with members of the International Court of Justice

Since Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin, and Shelley Wright published their ground-breaking ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law’ in 1991, scholars and advocates have been exploring the interaction between the rights and well-being of women and the promise of international law. The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law Project aims to define the research agenda for women’s engagement with international law over the next 50 years. Continue Reading →


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After Conflict: Memory Frictions in Timor-Leste and Aceh

By Lia Kent, Centre for International Governance and Justice, ANU

Timorese student protest

Timorese student protest

In this post, RegNet and CIGJ Fellow Lia Kent introduces the research project she is currently working on and its theoretical framework. A second post, to be published on the 1st of July, will discuss the themes emerging from Lia’s preliminary fieldwork. Both posts are based on a seminar that Lia gave at RegNet on 24 May 2016.[i]

My project lies at an intersection between scholarship on peace-building and memory studies. I’m hoping that bringing these disciplines into dialogue will allow a nuanced appreciation of the long-term, conflictual dynamics of building peace after conflict in Timor-Leste and Aceh. Timor-Leste is a country that I know very well, while Aceh is a new context for me, so my observations about it are far more speculative at this point.

Memory practices, unsettling transitional justice and peacebuilding assumptions

In previous work, I examined the transitional justice process in Timor-Leste: the legal and quasi-legal mechanisms that were established during the period of UNTAET (2000-2002) to address crimes committed during the Indonesian occupation. My particular focus was on how ordinary East Timorese perceived and experienced the truth commission and trials. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Congratulations Ben!

A Culture of RightsBen Authers, who is well known to Regarding Rights readers as one of the blog’s founding editors, is celebrating the release this month of his new book: A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature, and Canada, published by the University of Toronto Press. In A Culture of Rights, Ben reads novels by authors including Joy Kogawa, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, and Jeanette Armstrong alongside legal texts and key constitutional rights cases, arguing for the need for a more complex, interdisciplinary understanding of the sources of rights in Canada and elsewhere. The book will be the subject of a panel discussion at a RegNet Bookclub on the 26th of July – we will provide more details about the program soon. In the meantime, Ben’s book can be purchased online (with a 25% discount) here. Happy reading … and congratulations Ben!

Rituals and the rights of minorities

In other good news, former CIGJ visitor, Professor Gulazat Tursun, from Xinjiang University, has had an article published in the Chinese Journal of International Law. Inspired by the theoretical framework that CIGJ Director, Hilary Charlesworth developed for her Laureate Fellowship project, ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’, Gulazat’s article examines the position of minorities in international law. The article, titled ‘Rituals and Realities in the International Minority Regime’, is available here.