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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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Kiobel and the US Alien Tort Statute: Australian Connections

Panguna Mine, Bougainville. Source:

Panguna Mine, Bougainville. Source:

By Jonathan Kolieb

Cynthia Banham wrote an insightful piece on this blog regarding the US Supreme Court’s Kiobel decision, which was handed down in April this year. The Court’s decision is of tremendous significance to the future of corporate accountability for heinous crimes. Indeed, the Kiobel decision, arguably, has a far greater impact on international, non-US firms than it does on US companies. On that basis, I would like to continue the conversation on this blog regarding corporate accountability in a post-Kiobel era that Cynthia has eloquently kicked off. To do so, I provide a few disconnected thoughts on the case from an Australian perspective. The judgment was influenced by Australian-linked developments, and it will have direct implications for Australian companies and potentially for our courts as well. 

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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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