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Visiting PhD Scholarships for 2013

Applications are now open for the Centre for International Governance and Justice’s 2013 Visiting PhD Scholarship.

Offered under the auspices of Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’, the scholarship is designed to encourage doctoral students working in the area of human rights to visit the Centre for International Governance and Justice and to participate actively in its research life. Between 2 and 4 visiting scholarships, to a maximum of AUD $1500, will be awarded in 2013.

Full details are available available at

For information about CIGJ and Professor Charlesworth’s Laureate Project, please see our website at:

Please contact Dr Emma Larking, ARC Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow, at: with any questions and for submission of applications.

Human Rights Reading GroupRobinson Crusoe

The next two sessions of the CIGJ’s Human Rights Reading Group will explore human rights issues through literature and documentary. February’s session (to be held on 28th February) will focus on Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Defoe’s Crusoe made an interesting appearance in debates during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with delegates relying on various readings of Crusoe to defend their preferred version of what would ultimately be adopted as article 29(1) of the Declaration, dealing with an individual’s duties ‘to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.’

On 28th March participants will discuss the important 2010 documentary Our Generation. Detailing the appalling human rights abuses of Australia’s indigenous peoples, Our Generation is freely available online until 10 January 2013, in recognition of Human Rights Day.

And a Holiday Bonus

This time last year, Director of Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights Law (and friend of the CIGJ) Sarah Joseph published this post on the Castan Centre’s Blog about some of the the human rights implication of Hergé’s Tintin series. Professor Joseph has kindly allowed us to link to her post; please enjoy what we hope is the first of many pieces on Regarding Rights exploring human rights through cultural practice.

Regarding Rights and the Centre for International Governance and Justice wishes all our readers the very best for the season! Thank you all very much for your support. We’ll be returning with new content on 11 January 2013.


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