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Teaching Human Rights

By Hilary Charlesworth,

Centre for International Governance and Justice, ANU

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers' Workshop

2016 Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop

The Australian Human Rights Teachers’ Workshop, now in its sixth year, has become an important gathering for academics working in the field. It was the brainchild of Professor John Tobin (Melbourne Law School) and has been co-organised each year by MLS, CIGJ and UNSW. This year’s workshop at UNSW Law School on 17 February attracted over 100 university teachers from all around Australia and New Zealand. It covered a range of topics, from higher degree research in human rights from the perspective of students (including former CIGJ visiting PhD student Rosemary Grey) and supervisors, to clinical teaching in human rights. Sarah Holcombe (ANU) gave a fascinating account of the project of translating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the central-Australian language of Pintupi-Luritja.

The opening session of the Workshop was particularly engaging. It dealt with Stephen Hopgood’s recent book, The Endtimes of Human Rights, and how such a thoroughgoing critique of human rights might be used in the classroom. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance & Justice: News & Events

Rosemary GreyCongratulations Rosemary

Congratulations are due to former CIGJ Visiting PhD scholar, Rosemary Grey, who has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne. The fellowship is part of the Melbourne Law School’s post-doctoral program, designed to support talented early career researchers. Rose is looking forward to taking up the fellowship in June and to working on a project titled, ‘Gendering the Rome Statute: The Potential and Limitations of Article 21(3)’. Rose’s previous research has featured in posts for Regarding Rights on the evolving concept of ‘sexual violence’ in international law and on the International Criminal Court’s attempt to prosecute Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta. We wish you all the best for your move to Melbourne Rose!


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De facto immunity for Kenyan President? Deadlock in the Kenyatta case at the International Criminal Court

Kenyan President Uhuhu Kenyatta at a status conference in the ICC, 8 October 2014 (Source: ICC Flickr)

Kenyan President Uhuhu Kenyatta at a status conference in the ICC, 8 October 2014 (Source: ICC Flickr)

By Rosemary Grey, University of New South Wales

Almost three years ago, pre-trial judges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed charges against Kenyan politicians Francis Muthaura and Uhuru Kenyatta, for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post election violence. Since then, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has faced major challenges in collecting the evidence she needs to prove the charges in Court.

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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

 

Wilkie Referral to ICCLast week, independent MP, Andrew Wilkie, asked the ICC to launch an investigation into whether Australia’s immigration detention policies constitute crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute.

Regarding Rights contributor and former CIGJ visitor, Rosemary Grey considers the implications of the referral in this post for Beyond the Hague.

In less sombre news, we’re thrilled to congratulate another RR contributor and CIGJ visitor, Anita Mackay, on the submission of her PhD thesis and the release of a new book! Anita is co-editor with Bronwyn Naylor and Julie Debeljak of Human Rights in Closed Environments (Federation Press, 2014). The book will be launched by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 25 November 2014 in Melbourne.


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

We have been enjoying catching up with Rosemary Grey recently. Rose was a recipient of a CIGJ Visiting PhD Scholarship last year and has returned to spend a few weeks at the Centre as she focuses on finalising her thesis for submission in October. A PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Rose’s research considers the prosecution of sexual and gender‐based violence at the International Criminal Court. If you missed Rose’s excellent ‘Beyond Rape’ blog on Regarding Rights when it was first published, we encourage you to read it now.

 

 

 


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Beyond Rape – The evolving concept of ‘sexual violence’ under international criminal law

By Rosemary Grey

University of New South Wales

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Image - ICC

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Image – ICC

In the past two decades the international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda have developed a rich jurisprudence on sexual violence crimes,[1]  and the younger international courts, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone in particular, are beginning to follow suit.  There has also been a move to codify sexual violence crimes under international law, the current high water mark being the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute), which entered force in 2002. Continue Reading →