Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


Dr Benjamin Authers, Co-Editor

Benjamin Authers is an Australian Research Council Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Ben was educated in law and literary studies at the University of Adelaide, Dalhousie University (Canada) and the University of Guelph (Canada). He has worked as a solicitor with the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a conciliation officer at the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission. Most recently, Ben was a Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Canada.

Dr Emma Larking, Co-Editor

Emma is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for International Governance and Justice at the Australian National University, working with Ben Authers and Hilary Charlesworth on Professor Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship project, ‘Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation and ritualism’. Her research background is in legal, political, and applied philosophy. She has extensive teaching experience in the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and of Social and Political Sciences (where she also worked as a senior research assistant on the ARC Discovery Project, ‘The Politics of Rights,’ with Chief Investigators Professor Brian Galligan and Dr John Chesterman). As well as identifying mechanisms to encourage and support genuine rights realisation, her current research explores the limitations of rights language and the implications for social justice and political dissent of the now overwhelming dominance of this language.

Cynthia Banham, Contributor

Cynthia Banham has over a decade’s experience as a senior journalist working in the Canberra press gallery covering foreign policy and defence issues. Most recently, she was a regular columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Before commencing her PhD at ANU, she was a Visiting Fellow/Journalist in Residence in the ANU International Relations Department. She is currently completing a thesis that compares how three liberal democracies – Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom – have responded to the torture of their own citizens after 11 September 2001, with a particular focus on how each states’ conceptions of liberalism and human rights can be used to explain and understand their different responses.

Dr Roland Burke, Contributor

Roland Burke is lecturer in world history at La Trobe University and author of Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania, 2010). He has recently commenced an ARC-funded project on the intellectual and political history of opposition to human rights since 1945.

Dr Clare McCausland, Contributor

Clare McCausland works in the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity at the University of Melbourne. She recently completed a PhD at Melbourne in the relationship between ethical frameworks and animal protection movements.

Shane Chalmers, Contributor

Shane is a PhD scholar at the Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU. He studied law and international studies as an undergraduate at The University of Adelaide between 2004 and 2010, with a year visit at the University of California, Los Angeles. During this period, stimulated by his study of public and international law, Shane interned with the Centre for International Environmental Law in Washington, DC, and later with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Centre in Bangkok in the area of indigenous peoples rights and development in Asia and the Pacific. Shane worked in 2010 for the Crown Solicitor’s Office of South Australia in the administrative law and regulatory prosecutions section, whilst working part time as research assistant to the Solicitor-General of South Australia. In 2011, Shane moved to Montreal to undertake graduate studies in comparative law and cross-cultural jurisprudence at McGill University, culminating in a critical theoretical reflection on the work of human rights internationally.

Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Contributor

Hilary Charlesworth was educated at the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. She is Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She also holds an appointment as Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the College of Law, ANU. She has held visiting appointments at United States and European universities. She held an ARC Federation Fellowship from 2005-2010 and currently holds an ARC Laureate Fellowship.

Dr Mhairi Cowden, Contributor

Mhairi is an Associate of the Children’s Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Mhairi completed her PhD at the ANU in 2012, examining the political and theoretical underpinnings of children’s rights. She is a National Committee member of Defence for Children International (DCI) Australia and editor of the DCI publication Australian Children’s Rights News (ACRN). Mhairi currently works in policy for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of Western Australia.

Dr Alice de Jonge, Contributor

Alice de Jonge is a senior lecturer in business law and taxation in Monash University’s Faculty of Business and Economics. She designed and established the Faculty’s first Graduate Certificate in Asian Business and the first Asian Business Law teaching unit, and is a recipient of the annual Dean’s award for excellence in teaching.

Dr Imelda Deinla, Contributor

Imelda Deinla is a postdoctoral fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU. Imelda has worked on human rights capacity building in the Asia Pacific (as International Programs Coordinator, Diplomacy Training Program, Faculty of Law, UNSW), and she also worked for many years as a corporate and litigation lawyer in the Philippines, where she was involved in research, advocacy, and litigation involving violence against women and children, including cases involving the military.

Dr Ned Dobos, Contributor

Ned Dobos is a lecturer in the Applied Ethics program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW, Canberra. Prior to his appointment at UNSW @ ADFA in 2011, he held a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (University of Melbourne, Charles Sturt University, and the Australian National University). Ned is the author of Insurrection and Intervention: the Two Faces of Sovereignty (CUP), and co-editor (with Christian Barry and Thomas Pogge) of Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues (Palgrave Macmillan).

Paola Forgione, Contributor

Paola Forgione is a PhD candidate at the University of Pavia in Italy, where she researches genocide prevention. Her thesis focuses on genocide denial and incitement to genocide. Paola Forgione is a lawyer in Italy and she worked as an intern in the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Rumyana Grozdanova, Contributor

Rumyana Grozdanova is a PhD Candidate at the Durham University Law School. Her research examines how the US program of extraordinary rendition has exposed existing weaknesses in international human rights law and and asks whether it has created new ones. Rumyana holds a BA (Hons.) Legal Studies with Business from Nottingham Trent University and an LL.M in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University College Dublin.

Catherine Renshaw, Contributor

Catherine Renshaw is a research fellow at UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Centre. She is Director of the Human Rights Centre’s project, ‘Building Human Rights in the Region through Horizontal Transnational Networks: the Role of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions’.


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