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Examining legal responses to forced migration

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Emma with Dr Věra Honusková and students from Věra’s ‘Asylum and Refugee Law Clinic’ at Charles University, Prague.

 Emma Larking was a guest speaker at a conference on ‘Legal Responses to Forced Mass Migration: Regional Approaches and Perspectives’ in Olomouc, the Czech Republic, last month.

A focus at the conference on forced migration within Africa provided a fascinating and useful corrective to characterisations of refugee flows into Europe as a crisis. It also challenged the idea – widespread in Europe – that the continent is the primary destination for all people forced into exile in Africa or the Middle East.

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Exciting news for Cynthia

 Cynthia BanhamWe are delighted to announce that CIGJ Postdoctoral Fellow and Regarding Rights contributor, Cynthia Banham has been awarded a University of Queensland Fellowship. These prestigious Fellowships are designed to support academics of exceptional calibre. Cynthia will take up the Fellowship in UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies where she will work on a new project titled, ‘The voice and international human rights: offshore detention after 9.11’. In other great news for Cynthia, she has signed a contract with Hart Publishing to publish a book based on her PhD thesis. The book will be called Liberal Democracies and the Torture of their Citizens and is due out in 2017. Congratulations on both counts Cynthia!

Human Rights Tertiary Teachers Workshop

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers' Workshop

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop

The 6th annual Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop was hosted by the Faculty of Law at UNSW on the 17th of February. As with previous workshops, it was a wonderful day with many lively discussions about the practice and teaching of human rights. We will provide a fuller account of the day in a future ‘news & events’ post.



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PhD Completion Seminars: Jacqueline Parry and Suzanne Akila

CIGJ PhD Scholars, Jacky Parry and Suza Akila will both present seminars next week marking the end of their PhD research. Jacky is soon to submit her PhD, and Suza has already done so. Congratulations to both! Jacky’s seminar is titled ‘Transitional justice and displacement: lessons from Liberia and Afghanistan’ and Suza’s is ‘Participation and the protection of citizens abroad in international law’. Click on the links for full details.

Former CIGJ visitor invents the ‘regulatory diamond’!

We were delighted to hear recently that Jonathan Kolieb, who visited the Centre in 2013 as a recipient of one of our Visiting PhD Scholarships has had an article published in the Monash University Law Review. The article develops thinking on responsive regulation that was stimulated by Jonathan’s visit to CIGJ/RegNet. It can be downloaded here: When to Punish, When to Persuade and When to Reward: Strengthening Responsive Regulation with the Regulatory Diamond.

Reminder – Register now for the Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers' Workshop

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop

The 6th Annual Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop will be held at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. The workshop will be hosted by the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW.

Attendance at the day is free and you can register here:  RSVP

It’s always a fantastic and stimulating day, so do register soon if you haven’t already, and please spread the word, including among higher degree research students and academics working on human rights issues in disciplines other than law. The workshop has enjoyed a great turnout over the last 5 years and the organizing committee is keen to build on the momentum generated from previous workshops. All inquiries can be directed to


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2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers' WorkshopHappy 2016!

Regarding Rights wishes our readers a very happy new year. We are looking forward to this year’s Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop, which will be hosted by the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW on Wednesday, 17 February. All those who teach or have an interest in the teaching of human rights are welcome at the workshop – including colleagues from disciplines other than law. CIGJ Director, Hilary Charlesworth is part of the Workshop organizing committee, along with Andrew Byrnes from UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Centre, and John Tobin, who is based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne.

Protesting the Shut Down of Aboriginal Communities

SovereigntyIn our first blog post for 2016 (online this Friday), Yaprak Yildiz, who visited the Centre in 2015, writes about participating in a protest at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

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