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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

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Thanks to all our readers and contributors for another lively year of engagement with human rights related issues. Our final post for the year, by Regarding Rights regular, Cynthia Banham, will be published next Friday (more on this below). As this is our final ‘news and events’ post for the year, we wish you all happy and peaceful holidays, and we look forward to renewing our conversation in January 2015.

Eve Darian-Smith and the Global Commons

The CIGJ calendar is not complete without a visit from the intellectually generous and ever gregarious Eve Darian-Smith. We marked Human Rights Day this week with Eve’s seminar on the global commons. First delivered as the keynote address for this year’s conference of the Law & Society Association of Australia & New Zealand, Eve’s seminar focused on re-thinking the public/private divide in light of unique governance issues raised by humanity’s shared interest in threatened global resources.

The Regarding Rights Year in Review

The Regarding Rights year started with Hilary Charlesworth’s ‘The Internationalist Dream’, a review of two major works on international law and the global order. Significant issues subsequently canvassed included the rights of indigenous peoples (with posts by Jackie Hartley and Mhairi Cowden); prisoners’ rights (Anita Mackay), transitional justice mechanisms (Cheryl White); internet surveillance (Natasha Tusikov); freedom of expression and racial vilification (Emma Larking); the death penalty (Betheli O’Carroll); and asylum seeker and refugee policy (Marie-Eve Loiselle, Jonathan Kent, Jacky Parry, Angela Condello and Christoph Sperfeldt). Contributors examined the role played by the ICC (Rosemary Grey) and the UN and its human rights mechanisms in promoting and in some cases, undermining, human rights (Christoph Sperfeldt, Fiona McGaughey, Mandira Sharma et.al.). We looked as well at the domestic impact and significance of international human rights (Nara Ganbat and Emma Larking).

Many of our posts have been republished on the Live Encounters blog, which also recently published an interview with Regarding Rights editors, Ben Authers and Emma Larking. Our year will end with next week’s post, which discusses the recent appearance by the United States before the Committee Against Torture. ‘Torture admission by US at UN treaty body review’ is part of Cynthia Banham’s sustained consideration for Regarding Rights of how the UK and US are dealing with the legacy of their use of torture during the ‘War on Terror’ – an issue that has been in the news again this week with the release of a critical US Senate report.


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Laws and Societies in Global Contexts

Laws and Societies in Global Contexts

 Laws and Societies in Global Contexts – new book by Eve Darian-Smith

CIGJ congratulates Eve Darian-Smith on the recent publication of her book, Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches (CUP). Eve is Professor in Global & International Studies at the University of California and an Adjunct Professor at RegNet, where she is a regular visitor. Eve’s text challenges the tendency in law and society scholarship to focus on single legal systems and societies. In Eve’s account, this focus ‘perpetuates a Western international relations model that too often conflates law, culture, and the nation-state’.

Centre Visitors: Christoph Sperfeldt & Jonathan Kolieb

Christoph Sperfeldt, who is a familiar face at RegNet, returned this week as a guest of the Centre. Christoph is the Regional Program Coordinator at the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI), where he focuses on regional human rights and justice sector capacity-building in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining AIJI, Christoph worked in Cambodia with the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, and as Reparations Advisor to the Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). His experience in Cambodia forms the subject matter of a RegNet seminar Christoph will present on Tuesday 28th of May – on victim participation and collective reparations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Christoph’s other research interests include statelessness and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.

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