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. 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.
International human rights law and politics
This thesis is a comparative study, and compares how three liberal democracies – Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom – responded to the torture of their own citizens after 11 September 2001. I am particularly interested in looking at how each of these three states’ particular conceptions of liberalism and human rights can be used to explain and understand their different responses to this issue.