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3rd Melbourne Legal Theory Workshop & Research Student Symposium Speakers Jenny Beard is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne Law Faculty. Her research interests include law and development, legal theory and legal practice. For the purposes of her paper, it’s probably also useful to know that Jenny practises law at the Victorian Bar. She has written a book called The Political Economy of Desire: International Law, Development and the Nation State, which is being published this week. Hilary Charlesworth is a Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice, Australian National University. She also holds an appointment as Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, ANU and is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. Her research interests are in international legal theory and post-conflict state-building. Megan Donaldson has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. She has just finished a history honours thesis entitled ‘Remains of Revolution: Representations of Mass Violence in the Aftermath of the Vendée, 1794–99’. She was a member of the student-edited Melbourne Journal of International Law from 2001–2004, and an Editor in 2005. In 2006 she has been a Research Fellow in the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, University of Melbourne. Costas Douzinas will step down as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London and will hopefully have a long and relaxing year after that. His new books Human Rights and Empire: The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism (Routledge) and Adieu Derrida (Palgrave Macmillan) will be published early next year. Ian Duncanson has taught in universities in the UK and Australia and has been a visiting scholar at the universities of Edinburgh, Cardiff and most recently at the University of British Columbia, in the Australian Studies Centre and the Faculty of Law. His conference papers and publications have been in the areas of legal and social theory, legal education and law and history. He is currently Research Associate at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Sociolegal Studies Research Centre, Griffith Law School. Prue Elletson has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. Her Arts studies focused on geography and politics, and in 2005 she completed a cultural geography thesis exploring the bordering of Australia using migration law and popular discourse. Prue works as a researcher at the Victorian Law Reform Commission, having previously held research posts in areas such as native title law, criminal law and social activism. Hassan El Menyawi is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the University for Peace, and is currently visiting the University of Pennsylvania Law School and will be Distinguished Kemp Visiting Professor at Davidson College. He received an LLM in International Law from Osgoode Hall Law
School; an LLB (common law) and BCL (civil law) from McGill Law School; and a BSc in psychology from McGill University. He was Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before his appointment at Harvard Law School, he was teaching human rights at York University. He is the cofounder and associate editor of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. Fleur Johns is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, teaching and conducting research mainly in public international law. Fleur is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA, LLB (Hons)) and Harvard Law School (LLM, SJD) and a member of the New York Bar, where she practised law for six years, specializing in international project finance. Fleur is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Leiden Journal of International Law (co-editor, Articles) and the Australian Journal of Human Rights, a former member of the Editorial Board of the Sydney Law Review (which she will shortly be rejoining) and a former Primary Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Fleur has also worked with a number of other non-governmental and international organizations in Australia and elsewhere. Awards of which Fleur has been the recipient include the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University, a Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship to the United Kingdom, and the Laylin Prize at Harvard Law School. She has published in Australia, North America and Europe. Vivek (Vik) Kanwar is a JSD Candidate at NYU School of Law, currently teaching at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Vik was born in Nigeria and raised in the United States. He is currently completing ‘The Politics of Necessity: Discourses and Doctrines of Exception in International Law,’ a dissertation under the direction of Professors Benedict Kingsbury and Martti Koskenniemi. He holds an LLM from NYU, a JD from Northeastern University, and a BA (Hons) in Social and Critical Theory from New College. While living in New York for many years researching issues on the regulation of violence in international law, he also studied with a number of continental philosophers including Ernesto Laclau and the late Jacques Derrida. In October 2004, he spoke at a memorial service among Derrida’s long-time students. Vik has been a Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Center on International Cooperation, and a Program Assistant at the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU. He has published in legal and interdisciplinary journals including Critical Sense (Special Issue on States of Emergency), The International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), and the Review of Law and Social Change. In his spare time, he buys more books than he can read, and reads the same two books every night to his seven month old daughter Zazie. Martti Koskenniemi is Member of the International Law Commission (UN) and Professor with the Academy of Finland. He has also been Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki since in 1995. Before that, he worked as Counsellor for Legal Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He has represented Finland at numerous international bodies, among them the UN General Assembly and the Security Council. He has also litigated with the International Court of Justice. Professor Koskenniemi’s research interests have focused on the theory and history of international law. His main works are From Apology to Utopia. The Structure of International Legal Argument (reissue with a new epilogue 2005) and The Gentle Civilizer of Nations. The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960 (2001). In addition, he has written on human rights, collective security, and economic sanctions, as well as on various aspects of legal theory and the history of international law. Cressida Limon is a lecturer in the Law School at Victoria University, Melbourne and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne. Cressida recently returned to Australia after a year as an exchange student working with
Professor Donna Haraway in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California Santa Cruz. Cressida is currently working on her PhD thesis which is entitled ‘Genes, biotechnology and legal imaginings’. The research questions current approaches to inventiveness via an examination of diverse patents in the areas of biotechnology and medical research (eg, transgenic animals, genetics, medical treatments) in relation to narratives of technoscientific progress. Sonja Litz currently works with AusAID and has recently returned from living on a police and military base in Solomon Islands, where she worked as legal and policy adviser to the Participating Police Force, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (she worked in 2003 to help design and deploy the RAMSI mission). Prior to this she worked for a short time with the police deployment to Papua New Guinea as part of the Enhanced Cooperation Program. She has given international humanitarian law advice to the Australian Government in relation to its deployment to Iraq, in particular the effect of Australia's International Criminal Court obligations on that deployment. She has also worked with the Australian Department of Defence on UN peace operations and arms control. William MacNeil is an Associate Professor at Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Born in Canada, Dr MacNeil holds degrees in law from Dalhousie, London and Columbia Universities and in literature from the University of Toronto. He has worked and/or taught at the Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, before emigrating to Australia in 1998. At Griffith Law School, Dr MacNeil teaches Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Legal Fictions: Representations of Law in Cinema, Philosophy and Literature. In 2001-2002 he was the Loewenstein Visiting Fellow in Jurisprudence at Amherst College, Amherst, Ma, USA. Dr MacNeil has published widely in the fields of jurisprudence, legal history and cultural legal studies. His book, Lex Populi: The Jurisprudence of Popular Culture will be published early in 2007 by Stanford University Press. At present, Dr MacNeil is writing a book on the relationship between legal theory and the nineteenth century novel. Shaun McVeigh is a senior lecturer in the school of law at Griffith University. His research interests include the regulation of the dying, legal relations between the living and the dead, and the jurisprudence of jurisdiction. He has recently edited a book, Jurisprudence of Jurisdiction, that will be published by UCL Press in 2007. Naz K Modirzadeh is Senior Associate at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, where she manages the International Humanitarian Law and Middle East portfolios. She previously worked for Human Rights Watch, and later served as Assistant Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Law MA Program at the American University in Cairo. She has carried out field research and training in the Middle East, Europe, and Afghanistan. Naz has published policy and monitoring reports on torture, the application of IHL in Iraq, and legal reform and Islamic law in Afghanistan. Her primary research is on the intersections between Islamic law, IHL, human rights law and the practitioners who work within and between these disciplines. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her JD from Harvard Law School. Her most recent publication is ‘Taking Islamic Law Seriously: INGOs and the Battle for Muslim Hearts and Minds,’ in the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Ed Mussawir is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne. With interests in jurisprudence, legal history and culture, his research has centred around the concept of jurisdiction as a theme for analyzing the forms and modes of legal power through speech and desire. To these forms, he is interested in
bringing a conceptual frame of representation and expression borrowed from Gilles Deleuze. Gregor Noll is a professor of international law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden. His current research is on refugee and migration law, the theory of international law and the use of force. Until September 2002, he served as Research Director and Deputy Director General at the Danish Centre for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the director of the Refugee Research Programme, based at the Danish Institute for Human Rights within the framework of a collaborative agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr Noll has been the editor-in-chief of the Nordic Journal of International Law (2000-2006) and is a board member of the Journal of Refugee Studies. He has taught international law, human rights law and refugee law at graduate and postgraduate levels in a variety of contexts. In 2000, he published his doctoral thesis on the compliance of the asylum acquis with norms of international law (Negotiating Asylum, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague). He also authored a number of articles, inter alia on the theory of human rights, the use of force as well as on the concept of security in international law, the problem of gender and persecution, democracy theory and refugee law as well as the return of rejected asylum seekers. In 2005, Dr Noll concluded a multiannual research project on evidentiary assessment in refugee law, which resulted in an edited volume (G Noll, ed., Proof, Evidentiary Assessment and Credibility in Asylum Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston 2005). A previous edited volume (New Asylum Countries, Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2002, co-edited with Professor Rosemary Byrne and Professor Jens Vedsted-Hansen) deals with the effects of the EU enlargement process on the asylum systems in the new EU Member States. Dr Noll is also the main author of the 2002 European Commission Study on Protected Entry Procedures. Anne Orford is a Chair of Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at the University of Melbourne. She researches in the areas of international law and legal theory, with a particular interest in international economic law (involving questions of gift, exchange, debt, money, friendship, exception and jurisdiction), the law relating to the use of force (war, peace, self-defence, security, revolution, mass destruction and intervention) and the international legal legacies of British imperialism. Her publications include Reading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International Law (2003) and the edited collection International Law and its Others (2006). Anne has held visiting positions at Lund University and New York University, and presented lectures at the European University Institute, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Helsinki, New York University and the World Trade Organization. In 2007 she will present a parallel lecture series on humanitarian intervention at the University of Vienna and the Central European University, Budapest, and will spend the second half of the year as a Visiting Professor at Lund University. She has been awarded a five-year Australian Professorial Fellowship for work on a research project entitled Cosmopolitanism and the Future of International Law, to commence in 2007. Bruce ‘Ossie’ Oswald is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Military Law (APCML). Ossie has served in the Regular Australian Army as a legal officer. He has seen operational service in Rwanda, the Former Yugoslavia, East Timor and Iraq. He has provided legal advice and held staff appointments as a legal officer at tactical, operational and strategic levels. He teaches criminal law and international dispute settlement law to undergraduates; and international humanitarian law, and international peace and security law to post-graduates.
Yoriko Otomo has worked in government and non-governmental environmental organisations in Australia, Switzerland and Cambodia. She has published on various issues concerning environmental law and sustainable development. Her current research undertakes a theoretical reading of the recent World Trade Organization case ‘European Communities – Measures Affecting the Approval and Marketing of Biotech Products’. Dianne Otto is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne. She is Director of the International Human Rights Law Program of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities and the inaugural Convenor of the University of Melbourne’s interdisciplinary Human Rights Forum. Her research interests include international economic and social rights, peace and security issues, international ‘equality’ jurisprudence, the exclusionary effects of legal representations of marginalised groups, gender issues in human rights and development, international human rights non-governmental organisations, and the domestic implementation of international legal obligations. Dianne teaches in some of these areas and supervises doctoral and masters students in these and related areas of international and human rights law. In 2004, she was the Kate Stoneman Endowed Visiting Professor in Law and Democracy at Albany Law School, New York. Dianne has published many scholarly articles and book chapters including ‘Lost in translation: rescripting the sexed subject of international human rights law’ in Anne Orford (ed), International Law and Its Others (Cambridge University Press, 2006); ‘Addressing Homelessness: Does Australia’s Indirect Implementation of Human Rights Comply with its International Obligations?’ in Adrienne Stone, Tom Campbell and Jeffrey Goldsworthy (eds), Protecting Human Rights: Instruments and Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2003); and ‘Subalternity and International Law: The Problems of Global Community and the Incommensurability of Difference' in Eve Darian-Smith and Peter Fitzpatrick (eds), Laws of the Postcolonial (University of Michigan Press, 1999). Dianne has been active in a number of human rights NGOs including Women’s Rights Action Network Australia, Women’s Economic Equality Project (Canada) and International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (Malaysia). She is a member of the Advisory Group of the Homelessness Legal Rights Project at the University of NSW. Juliet Rogers (BA Hons; MA CATh (La Trobe)) is currently lecturing in Criminology at the University of Melbourne and completing her PhD in the Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, and her Masters in (clinical) Psychoanalysis at Victoria University of Technology, Australia. She has published and edited works internationally on issues of freedom, democracy, anti-terrorism responses, and western legal interventions into ‘female circumcision’. Her areas of research include psychoanalytic jurisprudence, sovereignty and postcolonial theory. Peter Rush has been a youthworker, an artist, a filmmaker and a scholar. He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne. In 2004/2005, he was a Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Political Science at Amherst College (USA). He has taught in Law Faculties and Criminology Departments in Australia and in England. Courses taught have included criminal law, jurisprudence, legal discourse, gender and law, evidence, legal history and legal method, law and the body, law and criminal justice, and most recently ‘Trauma, Justice and Psychoanalysis’. He is the author of several books on criminal law and edited collections on jurisprudence and poststructuralist legal theory, as well as articles in national and international journals. A longstanding member of the critical legal studies movement in the United Kingdom, he was coordinator of its national conference and a founding member of the interdisciplinary legal theory journal Law &
Critique. Additionally, he has been invited to present papers and lectures at institutions in the United States and Canada, such as Amherst College, Carleton University, and New York University. In Australia, he is a member of the editorial boards of several legal theory journals and has been active in the Australian Law and Literature Association and the Australian Law and Society Association. He contributes to community and professional debate concerning law reform, particularly in relation to both the law of sexual offences and the criminal law of HIV transmission. In 2000, he made THICK SKIN, a short documentary film concerning justice, aesthetics and colonialism in the City of Melbourne. His most recent scholarship has been in the areas of jurisprudence (specifically critical psychoanalysis), the history of dogmatism and the jurisdiction of criminal legal doctrine (specifically its links with jurisprudence, sexual politics and indigenous legal relations), international criminal law and theories of trauma. Sanjay Seth teaches Politics at La Trobe University, Australia, and in 2007 will take up the Chair in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Marxist Theory and Nationalist Politics: Colonial India (Sage 1995) and Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2007), and founding co-editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies. Gerry Simpson is Reader in Public International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Great Powers and Outlaw States (Cambridge, 2004) and is about to publish a book, Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (Polity, 2007). Marc Trabsky is currently completing a combined undergraduate degree in Arts/Law at the University of Melbourne. He has finished an Arts major in cinema studies. His research interests include philosophy – especially ethics – theology, performance art, antiquity and criminal law. RBJ (Rob) Walker is Professor of Political Science and member of the Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Political Theory at the University of Victoria in Canada and Professor of International Relations at Keele University in the UK. He has degrees from the University of Wales, Swansea and Queen's University in Canada, and has held many visiting positions elsewhere, including PUC-Rio, CSDS in Delhi, Princeton University, and, on three different occasions, at ANU. He is best known for his book Inside/Outside: International Relations as Political Theory (1993), is the author, editor or co-editor of eight others, and is just completing another two: After the Globe, Before the World, and Out of Line. In addition, he is the long-term editor of the journal Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, co-editor with Didier Bigo of the major new journal IPS: International Political Sociology, co-editor with Richard Falk of the Routledge ‘Global Horizons’ book series, and a key participant in two large research projects on the changing relation between liberty and security in Europe, including the extensive website www.libertysecurity.org Kath Weston is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the past five years, she directed Harvard University's Women, Gender, and Sexuality program. Dr Weston’s areas of specialization include anthropologies of power, political economy, family and kinship, gender, sexuality, class relations, historical anthropology, surveillance, temporality, and political ecology. She is the author of a number of books, including Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship; Render Me, Gender Me; Long Slow Burn: Sexuality and Social Science; and Gender in Real Time: Power and Transience in a Visual Age. Her recent essays include ‘Escape from the Andamans: Tracking, Offshore Incarceration, and Ethnology in the Back of Beyond,’ ‘Families in Queer
States: The Politics of Recognition and the Rule of Law,’ and ‘Class Politics and Scavenger Anthropology in Dinesh D’Souza’s The Virtue of Prosperity.’ Her latest archival research focuses on colonial lineages of offshore incarceration and their entanglement with the birth of anthropology in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Her latest fieldwork, which involved riding overland buses for tens of thousands of miles across North America, investigates what it means to live poor in the world’s wealthiest country. By extending the concept of multi-sited ethnography to an evershifting, mobile venue such as the bus, this project seeks to develop less static, reified methodologies for investigating class relations. Dr Weston’s next book, Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor, will be published by Beacon Press in 2008. Jess Whyte is a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University. Her thesis is on the concept of the exception in Giorgio Agamben, Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt, and its relevance to the contemporary juridical context. She has published papers on the work of Giorgio Agamben and Walter Benjamin, and on immigration control and Guantanamo Bay. Alison Young is a Professor and Head of the Criminology Department, University of Melbourne. She teaches in the areas of criminal law and cultural studies of crime and justice. She is the author of Judging the Image (2005) and Imagining Crime (1996).