Established in 2005 by Honorary Professor Hilary Charlesworth, CIGJ has consistently demonstrated leadership in issues of governance and justice, grounded in a mission of scholarly excellence and innovation. Following Hilary’s appointment as a Judge to the International Court of Justice, Professor Anthea Roberts assumed the role of CIGJ’s director in 2021.
Drawing together an interdisciplinary range of scholars at RegNet, and scholars and practitioners from beyond, CIGJ focuses on three main areas:
- Geoconomics Working Group (CWG)
- Complexity and Resilience (CR)
- Conflict, Violence and Justice (CVJ)
1. Geoeconomics Working Group (GWG)
The GWG node serves as the central home for geoeconomics at the ANU. It has a unique focus on the growing interplay between diverse economics fields, including trade, investment, technology, and emerging security risks. The world is experiencing a profound transformation, accelerated by the escalating rivalry between the United States and China. This shift has placed a spotlight on economic competitiveness, security concerns and the race for technological supremacy. These dynamics are reshaping international trade and investment rules and institutions and presenting policymakers with complex new challenges as they navigate the delicate balance between economic interests and security priorities.
2. Complexity and Resilience (CR)
The CR node serves as a collaborative space, bringing together scholars and practitioners dedicated to exploring fresh governance approaches for our complex and uncertain world. In the 21st century, humanity confronts complex, interconnected risks—climate change, pandemics, rising inequality, and global power rivalry. These complexities transcend single disciplines, leading to the convergence of previously separate domains. In this era of growing complexity and uncertainty, integrative thinking and multidisciplinary approaches are essential. Resilience thinking is also gaining prominence in policy-making and governance as another vital approach, and this node focuses on developing new frameworks, tools and techniques for addressing both complexity and resilience.
3. Conflict, Violence and Justice (CVJ)
The CVJ node unites scholars across disciplines who explore the drivers and inhibitors of violence and conflict worldwide. In today’s volatile world, new forms of violence and conflict emerge while existing ones intensify. Our scholars investigate justice, order, and peacebuilding amid these shifting social and political conditions, within and beyond formal institutions. As a problem-driven research collaboration, we promote innovation at multiple scales to prevent and respond to the harms caused by violence and conflict. CVJ draws together scholars focused on diverse themes, including political violence, extremism, inclusion and exclusion, post-conflict peacebuilding, transitional justice, reconciliation, memory politics, and global human rights law.
Scholars in each node meet regularly to explore new topics and exchange ideas.
- GWG hosts bimonthly meetings online
- CR hosts bimonthly reading groups
- CVJ hosts bimonthly reading groups
If you are interested in signing up for these meetings and reading groups, please email the Centre’s Project Officer, Aishwarya (email@example.com) to be included in our mailing lists.
School of Regulation and Global Governance
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Women, Peace and Security
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The peacebuilding compared project
United Nations, African Union and other peacekeeping has grown. What are the kinds of interventions that create wars and make things worse for people? How can peacebuilding contribute to justice and development? How do war and peace cascade from one hot spot to another? How can peacebuilding be locally responsive and restorative as it transforms structural causes of war?
UNCAGED: governing in complexity
In an UNcertain and Complex world, we need to develop Adaptive Governance approaches and Emergent Design techniques. In UNCAGED, Professor Anthea Roberts and Professor Miranda Forsyth explore techniques for better understanding, navigating and managing complex systems. This forms part of a broader set of collaborative projects with Professor Katherine Daniell (School of Cybernetics) and Dr Ryan Young (Futures Hub) about Governing in Complexity.
Reforming the investment treaty system
This project brings together two sets of work about reforming the investment treaty system. As a web made up of more than 3000 treaties and multiple institutions, the investment treaty system provides an ideal case study for examining the way actors design and manage complex, contested and evolving systems.
The first is a series of blogs and articles written with Dr Taylor St John at the University of St Andrews, Scotland about the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) investor state dispute settlement reform (ISDS) reform process.
Navigating the emerging geoeconomic order
The emerging geoeconomic world order is characterised by an increased convergence of economics fields and security risks. Accelerated by intensifying US-China rivalry, the world is witnessing a greater focus on relative economic gains and heightened concerns about the security risks posed by economic and digital interdependence. This geoeconomic competition is also evolving into a struggle for technological leadership, creating the growing prospect of bifurcated technology ecosystems.
Building democracy and justice after conflict
Through national and international collaboration, Building democracy and justice after conflict sought to develop not only innovative theoretical models to ground international norms about governance and justice after conflict, but also practical proposals to implement them.
The specific aims of the project are to:
ACT economic, social and cultural rights project
The ACT Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ACT ESCR) research project, subtitled ‘Protecting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the ACT: models, methods and impact’, assessed whether the ACT Human Rights Act 2004 should be amended to include economic, social and cultural rights. It was supported by an ARC Linkage Grant.
Australia’s first bill of rights
The aim of the ACT Human Rights Act research project was to document the impact of Australia’s first Bill of Rights – the ACT Human Rights Act 2004 – over its first five years of operation. It was supported by an ARC Linkage Grant. The complete ACT Human Rights Act project findings can be accessed on the ACT Human Rights Act (ACTHRA) Portal based at the ANU College of Law.
Ten year celebrations
On 1 July 2014, CIGJ celebrated the tenth anniversary of the ACT Human Rights Act by co-hosting a conference with the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner.
Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation, and ritualism
The research project ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’ is funded by an ARC Laureate Fellowship and awarded to Hilary Charlesworth. The project will run until 2015. The aim of Laureate Fellowships is to support research excellence and to develop a new generation of researchers, thus building Australia’s international competitive research capacity.
Civil society activism and human rights protection in south and south-east Asia
This project is a component of the Supporting the Rules based order in Southeast Asia project that is run by the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. The project is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The project team for the civil society activism and human rights protection component involves: Professor Bina D’Costa, Dr Lia Kent, Dr Ruji Auethavornpipat, Dr Meabh Cryan, Dr Mathew Davies, Mr Hunter Marston, Dr Maria Tanyag and Dr Than Tun.
Six faces of globalization: who wins, who loses, and why it matters
Six Faces of Globalization is a very smart book, and not just for people interested in globalization. The authors manage to help readers understand the many faces of globalization by identifying multiple narratives that fuel different political movements and perspectives of the punditocracy. Ultimately, however, this is a book not just about globalization, but also about the power and importance of narrative: how it is constructed and how it can contribute to a far more nuanced and complex understanding of the forces of change. Highly recommended.’—Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America
These resources are a summary of websites, blogs and podcasts our group members have contributed to or find useful in their governance and justice research:
Governance & justice links of interest
- International Court of Justice
- Law and justice development
- Asia & The Pacific Policy Society
- Stone Center of Socio-Economic Inequality
- Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement
- Just Security
- The International Network Against Accusations of Witchcraft and Associated Harmful Practices
- The OECD Forum Network
Blogs, websites & podcasts of interest
- DevPolicy blog
- MI Oasis
- Stop Sorcery Violence blog
- On war, crime and regulation
- New Mandala
- Power to Persuade
- Project Syndicate
- Lowy Institute
- Beijing to Canberra and Back
- The Strategist
- Gender Justice & Security
- Live Encounters
- Phenomenal World
- The Asset
- Howard Gardner’s Synthesizing
- Anthea Roberts’ site
- Six Faces of Globalization
- SDS Reform
- Jus Cogens – The International Law Podcast
- Sinica Podcast
- Freakonomics Podcast
- Goodwill Hunters Podcast