Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ)

Protection, practice and porosity

When a citizen experiences violations of international law abroad, many factors contribute to magnifying the protective role of the person’s State of nationality.

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Multi stakeholder governance, global food security, and the right to food

“Wins” and “losses” as multi-stakeholder processes transform the form and exercise of global power

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Diverging discourses about due process for aliens

The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations recently found that Australia breached its human rights obligations under article 17(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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(In)Visible boundaries

Mosques, Hindu temples and eruvin are frequently the subject of legal controversies over the use of urban space.

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Making the extraordinary ordinary

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (‘ECCC’) is ‘a special Cambodian court’ receiving international assistance from the United Nations to prosecute war cr

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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 ‘Rights, Regulation and Ritualism: Strengthening the International Human Rights System’, 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.

Updated:  3 March 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, Regulatory Institutions Network/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet