Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ)

Charlesworth and Chinkin re-examine the boundaries of international law

Charlesworth and Chinkin revisit their ground-breaking feminist analysis of international law.

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Brave new world

“You’ve got lawyers, political scientists, philosophers and anthropologists, and I think you need that breadth of expertise to come to grips with something as complicated as ‘why torture?’

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Political participation: where are women with disabilities?

There are no official statistics on the political participation of women with disabilities.

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PhD Scholarship in Human Rights and Social Justice

A three-year full-time PhD scholarship within the Centre for International Governance and Justice, located in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the ANU.

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Futures for human rights workshop

What are the possible futures for the protection of human rights?

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Students write out the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the steps at the Colchester Campus, University of Essex

The Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ) is dedicated to the study of theoretical and practical issues in international governance, human rights and social justice.

The Centre was established in 2005, initially funded by Hilary Charlesworth’s Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship on ‘Building Democracy and Justice after Conflict’ (2005-2010).

The Centre drew together a range of research projects in the fields of peacebuilding, international law and human rights. Apart from the Federation Fellowship project, it encompassed ARC-funded research including ‘Peacebuilding Compared’, ‘Australia’s First Bill of Rights’, and ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the ACT: Models, Methods, Impact’.

The Centre is now home to Hilary Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship project ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’, as well as ‘Peacebuilding Compared’, led by John Braithwaite, ‘The UN Security Council and the Rule of Law’, led by Jeremy Farrall and Hilary Charlesworth, and many other projects.

Many RegNet PhD students, academics and visitors have participated in the intellectual life of the Centre and have expanded its horizons to include research on topics such as transitional justice, human rights advocacy, policing in Timor-Leste, corporate social responsibility, peacekeeping sex, the literature of human rights, national human rights institutions and the new UN women’s architecture.



CIGJ comprises academic staff from RegNet, postgraduate students, research support staff, scholars and visitors from other areas of ANU and other

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Research projects

CIGJ research projects, research outcomes and project resources.

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Publications from CIGJ academics and PhD scholars on a range of topics in the field of human rights and international law.

News & events

CIGJ news and events listings, including podcasts and photo galleries from past events.


CIGJ links and other useful related resources.


Contact us

Our contact details and physical location.

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Regarding Rights blog is an initiative by the Centre for International Governance and Justice that provides a forum for voices from activism and academia to comment on important issues in human rights.

Human Rights Reading Group meets once a month to talk about a different text – whether journal article, book chapter, film or novel – that touches on human rights.

Updated:  29 May 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, Regulatory Institutions Network/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet