Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ)

Hilary Charlesworth nominated for election as Judge to the International Court of Justice

The independent Australian National Group has nominated Hilary Charlesworth for election as a Judge of the International Court of Justice for election as a Judge of the International Court of Justi

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Cascades of violence

War and crime are cascade phenomena. War cascades across space and time to more war; crime to more crime; crime cascades to war; and war to crime.

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Abstract representation of cascading violence

The reintegration of children affected by armed conflict

Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) constitute the United Nations’ (UNs) standardised approach to post-conflict peace-keeping.

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Aftermath of fighting

Australia elected to UN Human Rights Council

Australia was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 17 October 2017.

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Military legacy still stalling Myanmar

Ever since Aung San Suu Kyi inaugurated her ‘national reconciliation’ government, Myanmar’s leadership has been heavily criticised for silence on the army’s atrocities against minorities — in particular, the Kachin, the Shan and the Rohingya.

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The Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ) hosts a vibrant community of scholars dedicated to the study of complex and interconnected 21st century challenges.

The Centre was established in 2005 by Professor Hilary Charlesworth. During her tenure as director, CIGJ was home to Hilary’s ARC Federation Fellowship on ‘Building Democracy and Justice after Conflict’and Laureate Fellowship on ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’, along with a host of other research projects, including ‘Peacebuilding Compared’.

In 2021, Hilary was appointed as a Judgeto the International Court of Justice and Professor Anthea Roberts became the new director of CIGJ.

Drawing together a range of scholars at RegNet and beyond who are working on projects relating to global governance, conflict, violence, and complexity, CIGJ is currently focusing on three areas:

  • Navigating the Changing Zeitgeist (GEIST)
  • Methods for a Complex and Uncertain World (CUW)
  • Conflict, Violence and Justice (CVJ)

Scholars in each node meet regularly to explore new topics and exchange ideas. - GEIST hosts the ANU Geoeconomics Working Group’s monthly meetings - CUW and CVJ each host reading groups on a bimonthly basis

If you are interested in signing up for these meetings and reading groups, please email the centre’s Project Officer, Aishwarya (aishwarya.aishwarya@anu.edu.au) to be included in our mailing lists.



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.


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.

Related cluster(s)

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:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet