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Drifting Sovereignty

By Marie-Eve Loiselle

Centre for International Governance and Justice

Sea Monsters by Dennis Kim http://tinyurl.com/nuanaq8

Sea Monsters by Dennis Kim
http://tinyurl.com/nuanaq8

Berkeley Professor of Political Science Wendy Brown’s latest book Walled States, Waning Sovereignty would make an interesting bedside read for Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison.

On the 7th of May, Minister Morrison unveiled the Australian Government’s new border policy during an address to the Lowy Institute for International Policy. The creation of the Australian Border Force (ABF) will see the merging of immigration and customs into a single portfolio. It will be headed by a Commissioner holding the same status as other security agency chiefs, including the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, the Chief of the Defence Force, and the Director General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Continue Reading →


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The Israeli-Palestinian Question: What Can The Security Council Do?

Security Council Open Debate on the Question of Palestine

Security Council Open Debate on the Question of Palestine

By Marie-Eve Loiselle

Centre for International Governance and Justice, ANU

The treatment of the Israel-Palestine question within the UN’s supreme decision-making body is a stark reminder of the Council’s inherently political nature.

Hope for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is fading. If it has any chance of seeing the light of day, action is needed now.  Challenging the creation of a Palestinian state is emerging support for a bi-national state. The Economist wrote in March about the eclectic mix of proponents of this outcome: on one side those who see the area as totally Jewish or Arab; on the other, idealists hopeful that Palestinians and Jews have a chance at coexisting together in one state. Many of those who support the one-state solution hold that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are now so entrenched that it would be impossible to reverse the cycle and establish one viable Palestinian state.

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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 →