The “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.