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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Regarding Rights is delighted to announce that another RR contributor, Jayson Lamchek (see his post on ‘The Marwan Affair’), has had his thesis approved. Like Shane Chalmers, whose achievement we featured in our last news and events post, Jayson received glowing reports from his examiners.

Jayson’s thesis is titled Myth-Making and Reality: A Critical Examination of Human Rights-Compliant Counterterrorism in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Examiner Sundhya Pahuja said

This is an excellent thesis. It is highly original, well argued, rigorously researched, theoretically astute and politically courageous.

Another examiner, Antony Anghie provided rare praise for academic writing of any sort, saying that the thesis ‘reads at times like a thriller’!

Both Shane and Jayson were supervised by former CIGJ Fellow, Jeremy Farrall, who is now based in ANU’s Coral Bell School.

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Ritualised responses to ‘new’ terror threats post 9/11

By Rumyana Grozdanova, University of Liverpool

News flash: Deadly terrorism existed before 9/11

A hijacker points his pistol from the cockpit of TWA Flight 847 as an ABC news crew approaches the jet for an interview at Beirut International Airport on June 19, 1985. Image:

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but since the attacks of 11 September 2001 it has been characterised as an unprecedented transnational challenge requiring new laws and international collaboration to combat it. The adoption of UN Security Council Resolutions supporting expansive counter-terror measures, and within some regional organisations and states, the rush to support and implement these measures – all under the rubric of the right of states to individual and collective self-defence – now has the appearance of a well-rehearsed ritual in the aftermath of any particular act of terrorism.

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