Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


Regarding Rights is an initiative of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ). Established under the auspices of Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation and ritualism’,  since 2012 Regarding Rights has provided a forum for voices from activism and academia to comment on important issues in human rights. The original editors of Regarding Rights were Benjamin Authers and Emma Larking, who were both postdoctoral fellows on ‘Strengthening the international human rights system’. The Laureate Fellowship ended in November 2015, although work on some aspects of the project continues. Regarding Rights also continues to provide updates on CIGJ news and events, and to engage critically with human rights issues from a range of perspectives.  It is now edited by Emma Larking and Mareike Riedel.

Emma’s background is in law and political philosophy. As well as identifying mechanisms to encourage and support genuine rights realisation, her research explores the limitations of rights language and the implications for social justice and political dissent of the now overwhelming dominance of this language.

Mareike was a member of the Law & Anthropology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany before joining RegNet. She studied law, linguistics, literature and journalism in Leipzig, Lyon and Jerusalem with a focus on legal history, human rights, and interdisciplinary research in law. During her studies Mareike has worked with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, the Israel Democracy Institute and as an intern for the German mission to the United Nations in New York. She is an editor for the Völkerrechtsblog, a blog on public international law.

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