Assoc Prof Catherine Renshaw
Dr Catherine Renshaw is Deputy Head of the Thomas More Law School, based at the North Sydney campus. Her research focuses on human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia and she has recently carried out fieldwork in Myanmar and Thailand.  She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, an editor of the Journal of South Asian Law and between 2008 and 2010 she was Director of an Australian Research Council project based at the Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of New South Wales.  She is admitted to practice as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.
Networks, Experts and International Law, with Joanna Harrington and Holly Cullen, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming
Human Rights in Asia and the Pacific, Routledge, 2014, with Ben Saul (eds).
Refereed Journal Articles
'Global or Regional? Realising Women's Rights in Southeast Asia.' 39(3) Human Rights Quarterly (2017)
'Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Uncovering the Dynamics of State Commitment and Compliance' 37 (4) Michigan Journal of International Law (2017).
'The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration' (2013) 13(2) Human Rights Law Review.
'Democratic Transformation and Regional Institutions: the case of Myanmar and ASEAN' (2013) 32(2) Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.
'Law, legitimacy and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights' (2012) Thammasat Law Review Human Rights Issue.
'ASEAN's new regional human rights commission: institutionalizing human rights in (part of) Southeast Asia?' (2012) 13(1) Australian Journal of Asian Law.
'National Human Rights Institutions and Civil Society Organisations: new dynamics of engagement at domestic, regional and international levels' (May 2012) 18(3) Journal of Global Governance.
'Testing the Mettle of National Human Rights Institutions: a Case Study of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia' (2011) 1 Asian Journal of International Law 165-198.
'Human Rights Protection in the Pacific: the Emerging Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Region' (2010) 8(1) New Zealand Journal of Public International Law.
'Implementing human rights in the Pacific through the work of national human rights institutions: the experience of Fiji'  (2009) 40(1)  Victoria University of Wellington Law Review  251.
'A Tongue But no Teeth? The Emergence of a New Human Rights Mechanism in the Asia Pacific Region' (2009) 31 (2) Sydney Law Review 211.
'Cases Can't Really Stop Coups: the Limits of Litigating for Democracy in Fiji' (2009) 13(2) Journal of South Pacific Law.
'Joining the Club: The Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, the Paris Principles, and the advancement of human rights protection in the region' (2008) 14(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights.
'Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in the Asia Pacific the relationship between National Human Rights Institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations'  (2008) 17(2) Human Rights Defender.
'Within the State' (2017) in Daniel Moeckli, Sangeeta Shah and Sandesh Sivakumaran (eds) International Human Rights Law, Oxford University Press.
Myanmar and Sanctions (2017) in Melissa Crouch (ed) The Business of Transition Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Indonesia, ASEAN and Australia (2017) in Tim Lindsey and David McRae (eds) Strangers Next Door? Australia and Indonesia in the Asian Century,Hart Publishing
Human Rights under the New Regime (2016) in Andrew Harding (ed) Constitutionalism and Legal Change in Myanmar, Hart Publishing/ Bloomsbury
Networks, Experts and International Law (2017) in Cullen, Harrington and Renshaw, Experts, Networks and International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
'Disasters, Despots and Gunboat Diplomacy' (2014) in David Caron, Michael Kelly and Anastasia Telesetsky (eds) in Catastrophe:  The International Law of Disaster Relief, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
'The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and the Promotion of Democracy in Myanmar' (2014) in Melissa Crouch and Tim Lindsay (eds) Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar, Hart, 2014.
'The role of networks in the implementation of human rights in the Asia Pacific region' (2011) in Ben Saul and Hitoshi Nasu (eds) Human Rights in the Asia Pacific Region Routledge 2011.
'NHRIs in the Asia Pacific region: Internalizing Human Rights in Asia' (2012) in Ryan Goodman (ed) National Human Rights Institutions Cambridge University Press 2012.
'Law, War and Crime' by Gerry Simpson (2009) 24 Australian Yearbook of International Law.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
'Law and legitimacy in the operation of international human rights institutions: the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights' Proceedings of the First International Conference on International Relations and Development, Thammassat University, Bangkok, May 2011.
'The Globalisation Paradox and the Implementation of International Human Rights: the Function of Transnational Networks in Combating Trafficking in the ASEAN Region'  Proceedings of the 25th Annual Law and Society Australia and New Zealand Conference University of Sydney 10 to 12 December 2008. http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/4045
Selected Conference and Workshop Presentations
'Gaza in 2014: History Geo-politics Law', Australian Catholic University and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights', Sydney, August 14, 2014.
'Recognition of Indigenous Peoples in the Australian Constitution -Legal Perspectives', Indigenous Recognition Conference, Australian Catholic University, 8 August 2014.
'Learning through Arguing', Human Rights Teachers Workshop, University of Melbourne, February 21, 2014.
'The New Rights Regime in Southeast Asia', Oxford Symposium on Southeast Asian Studies, Keble College, Oxford, 22-23 March 2014.
'The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration',  Oxford Symposium on Southeast Asian Studies, Keble College, Oxford, 22-23 March 2014.
'Thailand's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Burmese refugees' 12 International Conference on Thai Studies, 21-23 April, University of Sydney
'Nuremberg' s  Shadow', Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, 3-5 July 2014, Australian National University
'The Protection of human rights in Myanmar'  2008 Constitution', University of Sydney Constitutional Reform in Myanmar Workshop, Yangon, Myanmar, 7-9 May 2013.
'Myanmar, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration', University of Sydney Law 2012 Year in Review Conference, 22 February 2013.
'Networked Human Rights in the Asia Pacific region', NSW Law Society Human Rights Committee, 13 February 2013.
'The Role of Regionalism in the Pursuit of Justice', Joint ANZSIL-ASIANSIL Conference, Faculty of Law,
The University of New South Wales, 25 and 26 October 2012.
'Disasters, Despots and Gunboat Diplomacy', Four Societies Conference, University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco, 26 September 2012.
'The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration', Mekong Lawyers Network, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 14 April 2012.
'The Democracy and Human Rights'  Nexus in the Context of Southeast Asia: the Limits of a Liberal Ideal?', University of Sydney Postgraduate Law Conference, October 27- 28, 2011.
'The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and the Promotion of Democracy in Myanmar: (Hard) Lessons from Other Regions of the World', University of Melbourne Burmese Studies Workshop, 26 May 2011.
'Law and legitimacy in the Operation of International Human Rights Institutions: the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights', The First International Conference on International Relations and Development, Thammassat University, Bangkok, May 2011.
'Re-centring the State in the implementation of International Human Rights: A study of recent developments in the Asia Pacific region', 27th Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand: Critic and Conscience? 8-10 December 2010.
'National Human Rights Institutions, the Rule of Law and Democracy', University of Melbourne, Australia, Colloquium on the Rule of Law, 29 April 2010.
'The Role of Networks in the Implementation of Human Rights in the Asia Pacific Region', University of Sydney International Conference on Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards institution building, 10 December 2009.
'National Human Rights Institutions in the Asia Pacific Region', Harvard University, Harvard Law School / New York University Law School Workshop on NHRIs, September 10 2009.
'SUHAKAM and the Engagement of Civil Society in the Processes of the International Coordinating Committee of Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Civil Society (ICC)', Melbourne University' conference 'Creating change?: NHRIs (In)Action in the Asia-Pacific Region', 22 July 2009.
'Regional and National Human Rights Protection: Creating a New Model in the Pacific', 17th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International law, Wellington, New Zealand, 3 July 2009.
'The Globalisation Paradox and the Implementation of International Human Rights: the Function of Transnational Networks in Combating Trafficking in the ASEAN Region' , 25th Annual Law and Society Australia and New Zealand Conference, University of Sydney, 10 to 12 December 2008.
A Tongue but no Teeth? The Emergence of a New Human Rights Mechanism in the Asia Pacific Region', 16th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, 26-28 June 2008.
2010-2013            Board of Editors, Journal of South Asian Studies.
Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Human Rights Sub-Committee, Inquiry into Australia's Advocacy on the Death Penalty http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/Death_Penalty/Report
Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 www.aph.gov.au/senate_legal. (in capacity as NSW Convener of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights) March 2012.
Submission to the Commonwealth Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Inquiry into Regional Mechanisms in the Asia Pacific Region http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jfadt/asia_pacific_hr/subs.htm December 2008.
Catherine's research focuses on international law, international human rights law, particularly in Southeast Asia, and regional systems for the promotion and protection of human rights.
Catherine has practiced as a solicitor in New South Wales.  In 2012, she was the NSW Coordinator of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.  She is a regular contributer to the media on human rights issues:
"The problems with recognising Sri Lankan boat arrivals as refugees" The Conversation 3 May 2013
"Burma's new democracy needs support" The Australian November 29, 2011 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/world-commentary/burmas-new-democracy-needs-support/story-e6frg6ux-1226208541175
"Australia and Vietnam - can middle powers promote human rights?" The Australian July 12, 2012 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/world-commentary/australia-and-vietnam-can-middle-powers-promote-human-rights/story-e6frg6ux-1226423748136
"Úc làm Ä"Æ°á»£c gì cho nhân quyá»?n VN?" BBC World Service 3 August 2012 Vietnam  http://www.bbc.co.uk/vietnamese/vietnam/2012/08/120802_australia_viet_humanrights.shtml 3 August 2012
American Society of International Law
Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
Australian Institute of International Affairs
British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
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