Civil society resistance in liberal democracies in a time of rising non-accountability

22nd December 2016

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Cynthia has worked as a lawyer and a journalist. She has over a decade’s experience as a senior journalist working in the Canberra press gallery covering foreign policy and defence issues.

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In this Regarding Rights blog post, University of Queensland Research Fellow and CIGJ visitor and alumna Cynthia Banham discusses how political accountablity, as we have traditionally understood it to exist in liberal democracy, is under stress.

She focuses on one particular policy area where there has been a deliberate and drastic reduction of accountability on the part of government - asylum seekers and refugees - and outlines how civil society has effectively resisted anti-democratic government policies.

Read the entire blog post on the Regarding Rights blog.

About Regarding Rights:

Regarding Rights is an initiative of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ). Under the auspices of Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation and ritualism’, Regarding Rights provides a forum for voices from activism and academia to comment on important issues in human rights.

Interested contributors should contact the editor Emma Larking.

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