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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Brasil, 2015 © Ana Guzzo | Flickr (publicseminar.org)

Brasil, 2015 © Ana Guzzo | Flickr (publicseminar.org)

Political gymnastics in Turkey and Brazil

In Turkey, President Erdoğan is using a coup d’état as a pretext to suspend the rule of law, entrench his authoritarian government, and lock up dissidents in their thousands. According to a report in The Guardian, more than 2,700 judges and prosecutors, and 20,000 teachers and administrators have been suspended from their jobs and a work travel ban imposed on academics.

Meanwhile, Regarding Rights contributor and former CIGJ Visiting PhD scholar, Mariana Prandini Assis has argued – in a post for publicseminar.org co-authored with Pablo Holmes – that the ouster of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, although conducted under the guise of legality, was in effect a coup d’état.

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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

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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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.


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

UtopiaThe “Aspirational Rituals: Promises and Utopias in Human Rights” workshop, convened last week by Ben Authers under the auspices of Hilary Charlesworth’s Laureate Fellowship, was a great success. Papers by Barnita Bagchi (Utrecht), Michelle Burgis-Kasthala (ANU), Margaret Davies (Flinders), Eliza Garnsey (Cambridge), Ben Golder (UNSW), Rachel Hughes (Melbourne), Robert Leckey (McGill) and Terri Tomsky (Alberta) engaged with the theme of utopias, and the often illusory promises of human rights, from diverse perspectives. A lively conversation developed over the course of the workshop, drawing on legal, political, and literary theory; art criticism; philosophy; and geographies of space and place.

We are looking forward to welcoming Tony Anghie to the Centre next week. Tony is Samuel D. Thurman Professor in the College of Law at the University of Utah. While he is here, Tony will host a masterclass on what it means to be a critical international lawyer.

The Centre is also co-hosting (with ANU’s Centre for International & Public Law), a symposium next week in honour of the brilliant international and constitutional lawyer, Deborah Cass.