Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


Dr Emma Larking, Editor

Emma is a Research Fellow in the Centre for International Governance and Justice. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow on Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship project, ‘Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation and ritualism’. Her research background is in legal, political, and applied philosophy. Before moving to ANU, she lectured in the University of Melbourne’s Schools of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and of Social and Political Sciences – where she also worked as a senior research assistant on the ARC Discovery Project, ‘The Politics of Rights,’ with Chief Investigators Professor Brian Galligan and Dr John Chesterman. As well as identifying mechanisms to encourage and support genuine rights realisation, her current 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 Riedel, Editor

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.

Dr Benjamin Authers, Former Editor

Benjamin Authers was an Australian Research Council Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University, and is now Assistant Professor in law at the University of Canberra. Ben was educated in law and literary studies at the University of Adelaide, Dalhousie University (Canada) and the University of Guelph (Canada). He has worked as a solicitor with the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a conciliation officer at the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission. Ben was a Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Canada.

Dr Fleur Adcock, Contributor

Fleur is a Research Associate with the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at ANU. Her research explores how the international human rights system regulates state behaviour towards Indigenous peoples, with a focus on the influence of the UN Human Rights Council’s special procedures mechanism. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies Fleur spent several years practising as a solicitor in New Zealand as well as working as in-house legal counsel in the United Kingdom. Fleur’s research interests include Indigenous peoples’ rights, international human rights law, theories of social regulation, critical theories and the law as it relates to emerging technologies.

Siobhán Airey, Contributor

Siobhán is currently completing her doctorate in law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Her current research analyses how Official Development Assistance (ODA) or international development aid governs in a global context, focusing on the juridical nature of its various governance instruments. She has formerly worked in international development in South-East Asia.

Kirsty Anantharajah, Contributor

Kirsty Anantharajah has degrees in Arts and Law (Hons I) from the Australian National University. She is currently based in Sydney where she is active in refugee legal protection. Kirsty is passionate about the Sri Lankan experience of rights. Her honours thesis was titled: Game playing in human rights regulatory regimes: Sri Lanka’s interactions with the Universal Periodic Review. Her writing surrounding various human rights issues in Sri Lanka has been published by OpenDemocracy, the Colombo Telegraph and Sri Lanka’s Law and Society Trust Review. Kirsty’s latest publication, ‘Crisis of Legal indeterminacy’  (in The Search for Justice: The Sri Lanka Papers Zubaan: 2016), was co-authored with Kishali Pinto Jayewardene, and examines Sri Lankan women’s experience of sexual violence and injustice during and after the civil war.

Mariana Prandini Assis, Contributor

Mariana is currently a PhD candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research, in New York. She received her Bachelor of Laws and Master’s in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In her doctoral research, Mariana offers a map of women’s rights discourse production and circulation in the transnational legal sphere. Her research has been supported by various institutions, such as the Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES), Fulbright, and the American Association for University Women (AAUW). In her home country Brazil, Mariana is also engaged in feminist and legal activism, serving as a lawyer for social movements and grassroots organizations.

Dr Cynthia Banham, Contributor

Cynthia is a University of Queensland Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of Political Science and International Studies. She is also a Visitor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at ANU. Her forthcoming book, Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens, will be published by Hart Publishing in 2017. She can be reached via e-mail and Twitter. Prior to joining UQ in 2016, Cynthia was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the CIGJ. She is a former journalist, and was the foreign affairs and defence correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald. She is also a lawyer, and previously practised as a solicitor in Sydney. She holds a Master of International Affairs from the ANU; a Graduate Certificate in Journalism and a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, both from the University of Technology Sydney; and a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Macquarie University. She completed her PhD at ANU in 2014.

Professor John Braithwaite, Contributor

John is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Founder of the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance (formerly the Regulatory Institutions Network) at ANU. John has been active in social movement politics around ideas of regulation and governance for 40 years in Australia and internationally. He has worked on a variety of areas of business regulation and on the crime problem. His best known work is on responsive regulation and restorative justice. He is now undertaking a 20-year comparative project called ‘Peacebuilding Compared’, with Hilary Charlesworth and Valerie Braithwaite. John writes the blog: War∙Crime∙Regulation.

Maria Virginia Brás Gomes, Contributor

Virginia is a senior social policy adviser in Portugal’s Ministry for Solidarity, Employment & Social Security, and member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She was appointed to the Committee in 2008 and has served as vice-chair, as well as rapporteur on the Committee’s revised guidelines on reporting, and co-rapporteur on its General Comment on Social Security. She is currently involved in drafting a new General Comment on article 7 of the Covenant, on the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work. As well as her work on the Committee, Virginia sits on the Board of Portugal’s National Human Rights Commission, and on the International Board of the Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Dr Róisín Burke, Contributor

Róisín Burke is currently an Irish Research Council postdoctoral research fellow based at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. She was awarded funding from 2013 to October 2015 by the Council to conduct a project on rule of law programming in transitional states, gender justice and women’s legal empowerment. Dr Burke is an Attorney at Law in New York State and completed a doctorate at the University of Melbourne Law School titled ‘Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Military Contingents: Moving Beyond the Current Status Quo and Responsibility under International Law’.

Dr Roland Burke, Contributor

Roland Burke is lecturer in world history at La Trobe University and author of Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania, 2010). He has recently commenced an ARC-funded project on the intellectual and political history of opposition to human rights since 1945.

Matthew Canfield, Contributor

Matthew Canfield is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at New York University and was a Visiting PhD Scholar at the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australia National University, in May, 2015.

Suhas  Chakma, Contributor

Suhas Chakma is a Director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights, based in Delhi, India. He has worked extensively in the areas of torture, impunity, and the treatment of ethnic minorities in the region.

Shane Chalmers, Contributor

Shane is a PhD scholar at the Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU. He studied law and international studies as an undergraduate at The University of Adelaide between 2004 and 2010, with a year visit at the University of California, Los Angeles. During this period, stimulated by his study of public and international law, Shane interned with the Centre for International Environmental Law in Washington, DC, and later with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Centre in Bangkok in the area of indigenous peoples rights and development in Asia and the Pacific. Shane worked in 2010 for the Crown Solicitor’s Office of South Australia in the administrative law and regulatory prosecutions section, whilst working part time as research assistant to the Solicitor-General of South Australia. In 2011, Shane moved to Montreal to undertake graduate studies in comparative law and cross-cultural jurisprudence at McGill University, culminating in a critical theoretical reflection on the work of human rights internationally.

Professor Hilary Charlesworth, CIGJ Director

Hilary Charlesworth was educated at the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. She is Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in RegNet, School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. She also holds an appointment as Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the College of Law, ANU. She has held visiting appointments at United States and European universities. She held an ARC Federation Fellowship from 2005-2010. From 2010-2015 she held the ARC Laureate Fellowship. ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’ under which Regarding Rights was established.

Dr Angela Condello, Contributor

Dr  Condello’s research and teaching focus on legal philosophy. She studied law at the University of Torino and at the University of Roma Tre, where she completed her doctorate with a thesis entitled “Ana-logica”. She teaches at Arcadia College of Italian Studies and the University of Roma Tre (both in Rome), undertaken a scholarship program at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law (Heidelberg), and has worked at the Human Rights Committee of the Italian Senate of the Republic as an assistant of the President of the Commission, Prof. Luigi Manconi. Since January 2014, Angela has been a membre associé of the Centre d’étudedes normes juridiques at the EHESS in Paris, directed by Prof. Dr. Paolo Napoli and a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.

Jane Connors, Contributor

Jane Connors is an independent consultant on human rights issues. She recently retired from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Previously, she worked at UN Headquarters with the Division for the Advancement for Women and in the Law Department of SOAS University, London. She writes on women’s human rights and human rights mechanisms.

Dr Mhairi Cowden, Contributor

Mhairi is an Associate of the Children’s Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Mhairi completed her PhD at the ANU in 2012, examining the political and theoretical underpinnings of children’s rights. Mhairi currently works in policy for the Government of Western Australia.

Dr Alice de Jonge, Contributor

Alice de Jonge is a senior lecturer in business law and taxation in Monash University’s Faculty of Business and Economics. She designed and established the Faculty’s first Graduate Certificate in Asian Business and the first Asian Business Law teaching unit, and is a recipient of the annual Dean’s award for excellence in teaching.

Dr Imelda Deinla, Contributor

Imelda Deinla is a postdoctoral fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU. Imelda has worked on human rights capacity building in the Asia Pacific (as International Programs Coordinator, Diplomacy Training Program, Faculty of Law, UNSW), and she also worked for many years as a corporate and litigation lawyer in the Philippines, where she was involved in research, advocacy, and litigation involving violence against women and children, including cases involving the military.

Dr Ned Dobos, Contributor

Ned Dobos is a lecturer in the Applied Ethics program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW, Canberra. Prior to his appointment at UNSW @ ADFA in 2011, he held a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (University of Melbourne, Charles Sturt University, and the Australian National University). Ned is the author of Insurrection and Intervention: the Two Faces of Sovereignty (CUP), and co-editor (with Christian Barry and Thomas Pogge) of Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues (Palgrave Macmillan).

Carla Ferstman, Contributor

Carla Ferstman is the Director of the human rights NGO REDRESS. Carla has worked as a lawyer in Canada and with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, and with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Commission for Real Property Claims of Displaced Persons and Refugees. She holds an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and an LL.M. from New York University, and is currently working on a DPhil at the University of Oxford.

Dr Jolyn Ford, Contributor

Jolyon Ford joined the ANU College of Law in 2015. He is the author of Regulating Business for Peace (Cambridge, 2015), based on his PhD work at RegNet, ANU. His main research interest is evolving frameworks on business and human rights, and the regulation of conflict-sensitive business practices.

Paola Forgione, Contributor

Paola Forgione is a PhD candidate at the University of Pavia in Italy, where she researches genocide prevention. Her thesis focuses on genocide denial and incitement to genocide. Paola Forgione is a lawyer in Italy and she worked as an intern in the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Assoc. Prof. Miranda Forsyth, Contributor

Miranda is an Associate Professor at RegNet and also a Fellow at SSGM in the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU. In July 2015 she completed a three year ARC Discovery funded project investigating the impact of intellectual property laws on development in Pacific Island countries. Before coming to the ANU, Miranda was a senior lecturer in criminal law at the law school of the University of the South Pacific, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. She is the author of A Bird that Flies with Two Wings: Kastom and State Justice Systems in Vanuatu (2009) and co-author of Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small island Developing States (2015).

Veronica Fynn, Contributor

Veronica Fynn is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. She has previously worked as a research analyst with the British Columbia Government’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons and at the Migration Health Department of the International Organisation for Migration in Geneva, where she developed a policy document on Health Consequences of Human Trafficking. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement, the first and only academic scholarship committed to the plight of internally-displaced persons.

Nara Ganbat, Contributor

Nara is a PhD candidate at the Centre for International Governance and Justice. Before joining the Centre, Nara worked for the Mongolian Human Rights Commission since 2004. Nara’s PhD research examines the nature of domestic implementation of international human rights treaties in the case of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Professor Peter Grabosky, Contributor

Peter is Professor Emeritus at RegNet. His general interests are in computer crime, policing, and regulatory failure. Peter is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He was the 2006 winner of the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology for contributions to comparative and international criminology, and the 2011 recipient of the Prix Hermann Mannheim, awarded by the International Centre of Comparative Criminology at the University of Montreal.

Rosemary Grey, Contributor

Rosemary has a PhD from the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and was a visiting scholar at the Centre for International Governance and Justice. Her research interests are gender issues in international criminal law, focusing particularly on the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence at the International Criminal Court.

Rumyana Grozdanova, Contributor

Rumyana Grozdanova is a lecturer in law at the University of Liverpool and a PhD Candidate at the Durham University Law School. Her research examines how the US program of extraordinary rendition has exposed existing weaknesses in international human rights law and and asks whether it has created new ones. Rumyana holds a BA (Hons.) Legal Studies with Business from Nottingham Trent University and an LL.M in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University College Dublin. She was a recipient of a PhD Visiting Scholarship at the Centre for International Governance and Justice, ANU, in 2012.

Jackie Hartley, Contributor

Jackie is a Nettheim Doctoral Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, UNSW. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for International Governance and Justice, ANU in January-February 2014, and a Visiting Researcher at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto from September-December 2013. She has previously worked as a Senior Policy Officer with the Australian Human Rights Commission and as a Policy Analyst with the First Nations Summit, British Columbia, Canada. Jackie has practised in litigation and employment law, and taught both Australian history and Public Law at UNSW. She was awarded the Fulbright Postgraduate Australian Alumni (WG Walker) Award and the Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholarship for 2006. She also received the University Medal in History. Jackie is currently an editorial board member of the Australian Indigenous Law Review and is a former editor of the University of New South Wales Law Journal.

Dr Kate Henne, Contributor

Kate Henne is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work focuses on the intersections between technologies of regulation, social control, and inequality. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, where she also serves as the PhD Program Convenor, and the Associate Editor of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. You can learn more about Kate at

Dr Budi Hernawan, Contributor

Budi Hernawan, a Franciscan friar from Papua, Indonesia, is currently completing a PhD at the Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU. Budi’s research examines Indonesian state brutality–particularly the torture of the indigenous people of Papua–and builds a model of peacebuilding to address this problem. Drawing on the concept of memoria passionis (the memory of suffering), he proposes strategies of peacebuilding in a situation like Papua that is rooted in the roles of collective memory, belief systems and social network. Budi previously worked in the Papua at the Office for Justice and Peace run by the Catholic Church, for which he was director from 2005-2008.

Kathryn Johnson, Contributor

Kathryn Johnson is the Asian Centre for Human Right’s International Law Adviser and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s Leven College of Law.

Augustine Kakeeto, Contributor

Augustine is a PhD Candidate in Social Transformation – Governance at the Tangaza University College (Nairobi, Kenya). He coordinates the Justice and Peace Programmes at the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. He volunteers with the Franciscan office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa. His background is in Law, Philosophy, Peace Studies and International Relations.

Amber Karanikolas, Contributor

Amber is a graduate of a BA (International Relations) and LLB from the University of New South Wales. Her Honours thesis analysed participant literature surrounding the UN Fourth World Conference on Women to map how women’s human rights discourse became a dominant language for transnational feminism. She is currently working as a community researcher on a project run out of the Disability Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne. She has a special interest in Greek-Turkish relations, human rights in Turkey, and the relationship between feminism and human rights.

Jonathan Kent, Contributor

Jonathan is a PhD Scholar at the University of Toronto and a former visitor to RegNet as part of the Centre for International Governance and Justice’s Visiting PhD Scholar program. He has held visiting scholar and fellow positions at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The American University’s Center for North American Studies, and with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Dr Lia Kent, Contributor

Lia is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and a member of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ). Prior to joining RegNet she was a Research Fellow at ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program for four and a half years. With a background in socio-legal studies, she has research interests in the areas of transitional justice, memory studies, peacebuilding, and gender studies, with a geographic focus on Timor-Leste. Much of her work is concerned with the discursive struggles that take place in post-conflict societies over questions of remembrance, reconciliation and justice and what these reveal about the dynamics of nation formation and the local ‘translation’ of international norms. Lia’s book, The Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor (Routledge 2012), is based on her PhD thesis, and interrogates the gap between the official claims made for transitional justice and local expectations.

Jonathan Kolieb, Contributor

Jonathan is a PhD candidate in law at the University of Melbourne and a former visitor to RegNet as part of the Centre for International Governance and Justice’s Visiting PhD Scholar program. Jonathan lectures in politics at the University of Melbourne. Prior to commencing his PhD, he worked as a Research Associate and Special Assistant to Ambassador Morton Abramowitz at The Century Foundation in Washington DC from 2006–08, as Congressional Liaison Officer at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC from 2008–2011, and was a consultant for the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict in 2010. Jonathan was awarded the Rotary World Peace Fellow; Human Rights Fellow from the University of California, Berkeley; and the Rufus Davis Memorial Prize for Politics from Monash University.

Jayson S Lamchek, Contributor

Jayson is a PhD candidate based at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (formerly International, Political and Strategic Studies).  Combining both critical perspectives on human rights and critical terrorism studies, his PhD project inquires into whether there can be human rights-compliant counterterrorism in the Philippines and Indonesia.  Before commencing study at the ANU, Jayson practiced law in the Philippines for more than six years, working as a public interest lawyer and as a legal researcher for various non-government organizations, as well as teaching at the University of the Philippines.  He earned masters degrees in public administration (ICU Tokyo) and human rights practice (Erasmus Mundus).

Marie-Eve Loiselle, Contributor

Marie-Eve works as research officer on the ARC linkage project ‘Strengthening the rule of law through the United Nations Security Council’. She completed a Bachelor of Law at the University of Montreal, with a certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva and a Master in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University. Marie-Eve undertook internships and worked with international organisations on issues related to international law and human rights. She has two years of corporate law experience with a private firm in Montreal, Canada. Currently, Marie-Eve is pursuing a PhD at the Centre for International Governance and Justice at ANU.

Dr Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz, Contributor

Ibi is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet). The focus of her research is the interplay between individual and institutional elements of integration and their impact on the resettlement trajectories of humanitarian migrants and their families. Prior to joining RegNet Ibi has been a research analyst with various institutes and government departments.

Clare McCausland, Contributor

Clare McCausland works in the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity at the University of Melbourne. She recently completed a PhD at Melbourne on the relationship between ethical frameworks and animal protection movements.

Anita MacKay, Contributor

Anita is a research assistant in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and former visitor to the Centre for International Justice and Governance. Anita recently completed her doctoral thesis on the compliance of Australian prisons with international human rights law.

Ingrid Massage, Contributor

Ingrid Massage works as programme adviser to Advocacy Forum-Nepal and as a senior research policy adviser for Amnesty International. She has worked many years in the region as a researcher on South Asia, and also holds a master in conflict studies from King’s College, London.

Fiona McGaughey, Contributor

Fiona is a PhD scholar at the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Law and a sessional lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University.  Over the past ten years, she has worked in Perth and Ireland in research and policy roles, focusing on racial equality and disability. She has an LLB Hons in Common and Civil Law with French from the Queen’s University of Belfast and L’Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, and a Masters in Human Rights from Curtin University.  Her thesis, which is supervised by Professor Holly Cullen, considers the role of NGOs in the international human rights framework.

Professor Sally Engle Merry, Contributor

Sally Engle Merry is Professor of Anthropology at New York University and Adjunct Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University. Her work explores human rights, global governance, transnationalism, and the role of law in colonization. Professor Merry’s books include Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local JusticeGender Violence: A Cultural Perspective, and most recently Governance by Indicators, in addition to over one hundred articles and reviews.  She is past-president of the Law and Society Association and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology and currently President of the American Ethnological Society. In 2007 she received the Kalven Prize of the Law and Society Association, an award that recognizes a significant a body of scholarship in the field. She was awarded the 2010 J.I. Staley Prize from the School of Advanced Research for Human Rights and Gender Violence, an award “for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology.”

Jacinta Mulders, Contributor

Jacinta Mulders is a research assistant at the Centre for International Governance and Justice, working with Hilary Charlesworth, Emma Larking and Ben Authers on Professor Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship project, ‘Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation and ritualism’. Her work for the project involves writing a set of case studies that focus on the way that particular countries respond to the international human rights regime. Jacinta graduated from the University of Sydney with degrees in Arts and Law, and has worked as an arts journalist and as a lawyer in private commercial practice.

Betheli O’Carroll, Contributor

Betheli O’Carroll is a final year PhD student at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland and a visitor at the Centre for International Governance and Justice for 2014. Betheli has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Journalism and Public Relations, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She has worked in insurance litigation and personal injuries law, as well as a lecturer and tutor. In her doctoral research Betheli is examining whether Australian laws relating to fitness for trial of summary offences protect the human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Ciara O’Connell, Contributor

Ciara O’Connell is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. She completed her BA at the University of Washington (2009) and her LLM at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway (2010). Her PhD focuses on women’s reproductive rights in the Inter-American System of Human Rights. Ciara recently published an article entitled, “Litigating Reproductive Health Rights in the Inter-American System: What Does a Winning Case Look Like?” in Health and Human Rights and has contributed a chapter, “What a ‘Private Life’ Means for Women”, to the forthcoming book 35 Years of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Theory and Practice.

Jacqueline Parry, Contributor

Jacqueline is a PhD candidate at the Centre for International Governance and Justice, Australian National University, working within Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship Project. She began her career as a migration agent in Sydney, and in 2007 commenced work with UNHCR as a Protection consultant. She has since undertaken roles with UNHCR in Indonesia, Jordan, Malawi and Afghanistan. Her research interests include human rights, refugee law, transitional justice and state-building.

Mikko Rajavuori, Contributor

Mikko is a PhD candidate at the University of Turku, Faculty of Law and a member of the Academy of Finland’s national Law in a Changing World Doctoral Programme. He holds an LL.M and B.A (Finnish and Scandinavian History). His PhD research investigates state-owned enterprises and state ownership through a business and human rights lens.

Catherine Renshaw, Contributor

Catherine Renshaw is a research fellow at UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Centre. She is Director of the Human Rights Centre’s project, ‘Building Human Rights in the Region through Horizontal Transnational Networks: the Role of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions’.

Associate Professor Anthea Roberts, Contributor

Anthea is Associate Professor in the Centre for International Governance and Justice at RegNet, ANU. She  is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration and comparative international law. Prior to joining the ANU, Anthea was an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics (2008-2015), a Visiting Professor and Professor at Columbia Law School (2012-2015) and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2011-2012). She is also a Visiting Professor on the Masters of International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute/University of Geneva.

Holly Ritson, Contributor

Holly Ritson is a Summer Research Scholar with the Centre for International Governance and Justice at the Regulation Institutions Network in the Australian National University’s College of Asia and The Pacific. While at ANU she will be researching the effectiveness of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2013. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Development Studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

Mandira Sharma, Contributor

Mandira Sharma is a leading human rights activist from Nepal and founder of Advocacy Forum-Nepal. She holds an LLM in international human rights law from University of Essex, UK. In 2011 Mandira was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for International Governance and Justice, under the Australian Leadership Award.

Ben Schonveld, Contributor

Ben Schonveld is the Strategic Adviser to the Asian Centre for Human Rights. He has worked in South Asia in a range of capacities including as a diplomat and as an adviser to OHCHR and UNDPA.

Yvette Selim, Contributor

Yvette Selim is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, where she also lectures and tutors. She holds a MA in Conflict Resolution, a MA in Bioethics, a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Medical Science. She has worked as a lawyer at an international law firm, and as a legal counsel in Sri Lanka as part of the International Development Law Organization’s post-tsunami project. Yvette’s thesis examines the actions, relationships and processes of and between actors in the name of transitional justice in Nepal.

Madeleine Sinclair, Contributor

Madeleine Sinclair is Programme Manager (Reprisals) and Legal Counsel at the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR). As well as leading ISHR’s work to combat reprisals against human rights defenders, she is responsible for ISHR’s legal work, including the coordination of pro bono work with partner law firms. Before joining ISHR, Madeleine worked at UNICEF, for the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, and as a lawyer, researcher and project manager. Madeleine holds a Master of Laws from the NYU School of Law and a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie Law School.

Dr Philippa Smales, Contributor

Philippa Smales is the Network and Partnerships Manager for the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network, which is currently hosted within the office of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). She has previously worked in several regional NGOs based in both Thailand and Australia, focusing mainly on Asia and the Pacific. She also previously lectured Business Ethics at RMIT while completing her PhD at the Centre of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include international human rights law, workers’ rights, gender, education advocacy and policy, development impact, localisation and ethical principles for research.

Christoph Sperfeldt, Contributor

Christoph Sperfeldt is a PhD scholar in the Centre for International Governance and Justice at ANU. He was formerly Regional Program Coordinator at the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI), a collaborative program of the East-West Center and the University of California, Berkeley’s War Crimes Studies Center, and he continues to provide consultancy support to AIJI. In his former role he supported regional human rights and justice sector capacity-building efforts in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, he was Senior Advisor with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Cambodia. In this capacity, he worked from 2007 to 2010 as an Advisor to the Secretariat of the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) and from 2010 to 2011 as Reparations Advisor to the Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

Nikola Stepanov, Contributor

Nikola Stepanov is a Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law with the UQ School of Medicine and a doctoral scholar (philosophy/law) with the Melbourne Medical School and the School of Population & Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Nikola’s research interests are primarily in ethics and the law of health care involving ‘minors’ (from conception until early adulthood), with particular focuses on clinical ethics, end-of-life care, consent and capacity, and research involving children.

Jennifer Tunnicliffe, Contributor

Jennifer Tunnicliffe is a PhD candidate with the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University in Canada. Her dissertation examines Canada’s approach to international human rights law from the 1940s to the 1970s, with particular attention to the conflict between customary understandings of civil liberties in Canada and the broad interpretation of universal human rights coming out of the United Nations.

Dr Natasha Tusikov, Contributor

Natasha Tusikov is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy at University of Buffalo at the State University of New York. She received her PhD in sociology from the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on the intersection of law, regulation, and technology as it pertains to non-state (particularly corporate) governance on the Internet. Prior to her work in academia, she was a researcher and intelligence analyst for federal law enforcement agencies in Canada.

Nathan Willis, Contributor

Nathan Willis has been a Visiting PhD Scholar at CIGJ and is based at Southern Cross University. His PhD research analyses the use of rule of law concepts by foreign investors in Rakhine (Arakan) State, Myanmar (Burma). He also considers what legal strategies are available to communities in Rakhine State to safeguard their interests in land and natural resources.Nathan completed the Juris Doctor degree at the University of Southern Queensland in 2012 and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He is a Registered Nurse and has specialised in both International Health and Development and Aged Care.

Summer Wood, Contributor

Summer Wood is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at New York University, researching birth registration and its relationship to health, human rights, citizenship and governance in Tanzania, using both ethnographic and archival research methods. She has been active in research in the fields of public health, anthropology, and colonial history in Tanzania since 2004, and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan. She is also currently working on a research project on human rights indicators in Tanzania with her dissertation supervisor, Professor Sally Engle Merry.

Cheryl White, Contributor

Cheryl White has had careers in information management and professional legal education and teaching. She is former Director of Continuing Legal Education at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law and taught law at the University of Newcastle before moving to RegNet to undertake her PhD research on the trial procedure in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She is currently a visitor at the Centre for International Governance and Justice.

Yesim Yaprak Yildiz, Contributor

Yaprak is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK. She received her Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought from the University of Warwick in the UK and her BSc in Political Science from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. In her doctoral research, she is looking into different modalities of truth-telling in peace and reconciliation processes with a focus on confessions of state officials on past atrocities against civilians. Yaprak worked on human rights violations in Turkey for over ten years. Between 2013 and 2015 she worked as a freelance researcher for UN Women, European Roma Rights Centre and Child Soldiers International. Previously she worked as a broadcast journalist at the BBC World Service and as a research assistant at Amnesty International.

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