Grant success - Operationalising Human Rights Norms in Peace Missions

Associate Professor Chris Michaelsen successfully obtained funding in this year's competitive grant round of the Australia-Japan-Foundation for a project entitled "Operationalising Human Rights Norms in Peace Missions". Chris is collaborating on this project with Associate Professor Tetsuya Toyoda (Akita International University) and Lieutenant Commander Takashi Kawashima (Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, currently visiting fellow at the AHRCentre). The project will organise two worshops in Sydney and Tokyo to examine Australian and Japanese perspectives on operationalising human rights norms in multilateral and UN-led peace missions. While Australia has a long and rich history of participating in peace missions, Japan's involvement in such missions is developing, but likely to expand in the near future. Australia and Japan have already been collaborating operationally in several peace missions (Cambodia, Timor Leste, and now South Sudan). The key objective of this project is to bring together Australian and Japanese practitioners and academics with a view to analysing the particular challenges that arise in relation to the protection and promotion of human rights in peace operations.


Photo: Sudanese Weigh in on Peace Agreement in Blue Nile State 

Sudanese partake in “Citizen Hearings” in Musfa, Blue Nile State, on the border between northern and southern Sudan. The hearings are part of a 21-day process of popular consultations where residents can express whether the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) has met their expectations.

Photo ID 462222. 25/01/2011. Musfa, Sudan. UN Photo/Tim McKulka.