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Megan MitchellSource: NSW Commission for Children and Young People

Megan Mitchell
Source: NSW Commission for Children and Young People

Australia Appoints its First National Children’s Commissioner

Monday saw the appointment of Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner. Megan Mitchell, the current NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, will assume the post on 25 March 2013, for a period of five years. Regarding Rights contributor Mhairi Cowden’s examination of the role of the Commissioner, published earlier this year, suggests that the new Commissioner will need to “engage in child centred approaches to representation” if the position is going to effectively protect and promote children’s rights in Australia. Continue Reading →


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Does the End Justify the Means? The Italian Machiavellian Response to Illegal Immigration

“La porta di Lampedusa” (Lampedusa’s door), also known as “La porta d’Europa” (Europe’s door). The monument, “looking” towards Africa, was built in 2008 on the Italian island of Lampedusa in memory of more than 10,000 migrants who died over the years while they were trying to reach the island.

By Paola Forgione

Gaddafi’s first official visits to Italy back in 2009 and 2010 hit the headlines for the extravagancies of the Libyan leader, including his hiring of hundreds of Italian models to be the audience of his lecture on Islam, and his failure to go to a prescheduled meeting at the Italian Parliament. However, the leader’s folkloristic eccentricities were probably reflecting his egocentric satisfaction for the agreement that he had signed with the then Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi in August 2008, whose anniversary was the reason for his visit. In the agreement, the “Treaty on Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation” (hereinafter “The Treaty”), Italy expressed its apology for the “pain inflicted to the Libyan people” during the colonization of Libya, carried out by the former Kingdom of Italy between 1911 and 1943. Under the chapter titled “closing the door on the past”, Italy committed to investing US$5bn for infrastructure in Libya. In exchange, Libya undertook to cooperate with Italian authorities in the fight against illegal immigration. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Dr Susan Harris RimmerWelcome to Dr Susan Harris Rimmer

Susan Harris Rimmer has recently joined the ANU School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy as Director of Studies for the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.

Susan brings 14 years’ experience as a lawyer, researcher, campaigner, and policy analyst on issues of human rights, refugees, international development, and women’s policy to the APCD. She is the outgoing President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and a past board member of the UN Women National Committee Australia. Susan is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of East Timor (Routledge 2010) and many refereed articles, and was the winner of the 2006 Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women.

Susan’s research encompasses a broad range of issues in human rights, feminism, and international law; we at Regarding Rights are particularly looking forward to learning more about her developing work in diplomacy, human rights and civil society movements, and on the role of diplomacy as a normative practice to diminish conflict.

Welcome, Susan!

Special Forthcoming Issue of Intersections

Hilary Charlesworth and Margaret Jolly are co-editing a special upcoming issue of the journal Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. Continue Reading →