Welcome Catherine O’Rourke! Catherine is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law, and Gender Research Coordinator at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute (TJI). Her current research projects consider the perceived costs and benefits of feminist engagement with international law. One case study considers local, transnational and ‘insider’ campaigns for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Northern Ireland. A second case study is concerned with local alliances between human rights and feminist organisations in engaging the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women to advance women’s reproductive rights in Northern Ireland.
Catherine arrived at the CIGJ last Monday and graciously stepped into a free seminar slot to discuss a fascinating development in international criminal law. Recently, the TJI was commissioned by the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims to hold a consultation on the implementation of the reparations order in the Lubanga case. Catherine described some of the complex issues that emerged at the consultation and the dilemmas that remain.
Catherine will also present a seminar this coming Tuesday: ‘Feminist strategy in International Law: a conceptual and empirical framework.’
Torture After 9.11: The Asia Pacific Context
CIGJ fellow, Cynthia Banham, is convening a workshop on ‘Torture After 9.11: The Asia Pacific Context’. The workshop, to be held at ANU in November, will examine the current state of the norm against torture with particular emphasis on understandings and practices around torture in the Asia-Pacific region. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Stephen Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. A call for papers has just been circulated.