Cynthia Banham

RegNet Alumni and Visitor
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ)


Bachelor of Arts/Law, Macquarie University; Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, UTS; Graduate Certificate in Journalism, UTS; Masters of Intern

Contact details
P: +61 2 6125 0172
Room: 3.42
Building: Coombs Extension, #8

Cynthia is a Visitor at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She is the author of two books, A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope (Allen & Unwin: 2018), and Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens (Hart Publishing: 2017). In 2016 she completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship with RegNet’s Centre for International Governance and Justice and in 2017 she was a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, in the School of Political Science and International Studies. Cynthia was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy at ANU, in 2015. She has a Master in International Affairs from the ANU and a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Macquarie University. She has worked as a solicitor and as a journalist, and was the foreign affairs and defence correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. Cynthia is an ambassador for the Sydney Swans Football Club.

Research interests:

International human rights law; international relations; civil society and political accountability; use of torture in Liberal democracies; and politics and media

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