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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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Refugees and Transitional Justice: Reflections on fieldwork from Liberia

By Jacqueline Parry

Centre for International Governance and Justice

Advocates for Human Rights Report on the work of the Liberian TRC with diasporic communities
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Jacqueline recently completed five months fieldwork in Liberia and Buduburam refugee camp, Ghana, in order to explore how refugees interacted with the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as well as issues of transitional justice more broadly. This blog post sets out some initial reflections from that period of fieldwork.

Both refugees and transitional justice have the ability to convey potent messages about state sovereignty. Sovereignty, the set of norms held by the international community concerning the legitimate organisation of political authority, has changed over time and according to context.[1] Since the Second World War the understanding of sovereignty has shifted from being a purely territorial matter to incorporating – in rhetoric if not in fact – a particular type of relationship between the state and its citizens.[2] Continue Reading →

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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Jacqueline ParryCIGJ PhD Scholar Awarded American Society of International Law Grant

CIGJ PhD student, Jacqueline Parry, has been awarded a prestigious Arthur C. Helton Fellowship micro-grant by the American Society of International Law. The Fellowship is named in honour of the renowned refugee scholar, Arthur Helton, who died along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello and 20 others when the UN compound was bombed in Baghdad in 2003.

Jacky was selected from among 50 applicants from all over the world and will use the fellowship to support her fieldwork on refugees and transitional justice in Liberia.

The Decline of Consent in International Law

Marie-Eve Loiselle, CIGJ Research Officer and Centre Co-Ordinator, recently contributed to the Lowy Institute for International Policy’s Interpreter blog. Marie-Eve’s piece, which examines national sovereignty and the consensual nature of treaty obligations, can be read here. Continue Reading →