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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events

ForsytheBookclub Event

At a fascinating RegNet ‘bookclub’ on 15th March, CIGJ Associate Professor, Miranda Forsyth was joined by Dr Ian Heath, Managing Consultant of First Thoughts and previously Director General of IP Australia, and RegNet’s Professor Peter Drahos, to discuss her book Weaving intellectual property policy in small island developing states, co-authored with Professor Sue Farran. Miranda’s presentation will feature in a Regarding Rights post in coming months.

Torture and Female Prisoners

In a report delivered earlier this year, Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, considered the applicability of international law’s prohibition of torture to the unique experiences of women and girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. Among the issues canvassed by the Rapporteur is the shackling of female prisoners including pregnant women. In a blog on her website, ‘Research for women in prison’, Helen Crewe discusses the Rapporteur’s characterisation of this practice as a form of a torture, and suggests New York State’s Anti-Shackling Bill provides an example of how prohibiting the practice – which she says is widespread in many countries – can be monitored and implemented.

 


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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events

Welcome

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We are very pleased to welcome Mareike Reidel back to the CIGJ – and as a new editor of Regarding Rights. Mareike visited us last year and has now transferred permanently from the Law & Anthropology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. With a background in law, linguistics, literature and journalism, Mareike’s current PhD research is concerned with the impact of identity discourses and politics on the protection and regulation of religious minorities.

Also returning to the Centre is Miranda Forsythe. In July last year Miranda completed a three year ARC Discovery project investigating the impact of intellectual property laws on development in Pacific Island countries. Miranda has worked as a senior lecturer at the law school of the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Her current research considers the possibilities and challenges presented by the intersections between state and non-state justice and regulatory systems. Welcome Miranda!

Welcome as well to Anthea Roberts. Anthea is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration and comparative international law. She has worked at the London School of Economics (2008-2015), as a Visiting Professor and Professor at Columbia Law School (2012-2015), and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2011-2012).

Finally, we are delighted to belatedly welcome Lia Kent. Lia was until recently a research fellow in ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program. With a background in socio-legal studies, she has research interests in the areas of transitional justice, memory studies, peacebuilding, and gender studies. Lia is currently working on an ARC Discovery project: After Conflict: Local Memories and Nation-building in Timor-Leste and Bougainville.

Senate Inquiry into payments by the Commonwealth of Australia in exchange for the turn back of asylum seeker boats

Last year Hilary Charlesworth, Jacinta Mulders and Emma Larking provided a submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee’s inquiry into payments in exchange for the turn back of asylum seeker boats. Their submission dealt with the legality of such payments under international law. Emma appeared at the Committee hearing last Friday, along with Professor Anthony Cassimatis from the University of Queensland, and Greg Hanson and David Manne from Melbourne’s Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre.

Fellowship Request

Former CIGJ visitor – and author of a recent post – Yaprak Yildiz, is hoping to visit Australia again this year. Yaprak is seeking a visiting fellowship for about three months from September or October. She is hoping to find a fellowship that will help cover the costs of her travel as well as accommodation while in Australia. If you have any leads, please email yyy23 at cam.ac.uk.

Where are you now?

Are you a friend of the Centre who lives interstate or overseas, or a former CIGJ visitor? If you haven’t been in touch for a while, we would love to hear from you and to pass on your news to the Regarding Rights community. Let us know where you are working, and any other notable events such as grants awarded, PhDs submitted, and new publications.

Submission Celebrations

Jacky finalYesterday Jacky Parry submitted her PhD thesis, titled ‘Transitional justice and displacement: lessons from Liberia and Afghanistan’. Congratulations Jacky!