In early September, Eve Darian-Smith, Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an Adjunct Professor at RegNet, spent a busy week visiting the Centre. Eve met individually with many of the Centre’s researchers and PhD scholars, presented on ‘Post-Westphalian Geo-Politics and Indigenous Rights’ at RegNet’s weekly seminar series, hosted a discussion on career development for PhD scholars and Early Career Researchers, and was the keynote speaker at the Centre’s ‘Workshop on Human Rights and Regulation’.
Hosted by Hilary Charlesworth under the auspices of her ARC Laureate project, ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System’, the ‘Workshop on Human Rights and Regulation’ provided a forum for lively discussions concerning the pitfalls as well as the potential of human rights, and the relationship between rights and regulation. Along with Eve Darian-Smith, presenters included Sundhya Pahuja and Fiona Haines from the University of Melbourne, Ngaire Naffine from the University of Adelaide, Richard Mohr from the University of Wollongong, Anna-Karina Hermkens from ANU’s School of Culture, History and Language, and RegNet researchers Veronica Taylor, Ben Authers, Kate Henne, and John Braithwaite. A panel of RegNet PhD scholars including Shane Chalmers, Nara Gambat, and Jacky Parry, along with Fleur Adcock, a PhD scholar at ANU’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies, provided fascinating insights to how the workshop’s themes related to their own research.