Author Roundtable on 'The Military and Human Rights'

5:00 pm
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Lecture Theatre (LT) 05, Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT 2612

This 'fireside chat'-style roundtable will bring together contributors to a forthcoming special issue of the Human Rights Defender magazine on the ‘Military and Human Rights’ to discuss a range of questions, including: at what point is it appropriate for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to be involved in Border Protection responsibilities related to those seeking asylum? Are soldiers entitled to workplace rights, and are there provisions for this in international human rights law? And how will the ADF's role in the promotion and protection of human rights evolve in a borderless, digitized world?

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With opening remarks by Professor Tom Frame AM, Director of the Public Leadership Group & Howard Library University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW Canberra). 


Ned Dobos is Senior Lecturer in International and Political Studies at UNSW Canberra. He is the author of Insurrection and Intervention (Cambridge University Press) and The True Cost of the Military: Ethics, Security, and the War-Machine (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Ned works on the ethics of war and political violence, and has held visiting fellowships at Yale, Oxford, Georgetown, and Stanford.

Wing Commander Lewis Frederickson, PhD, is an Air Combat Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and currently serving as the Chief of Air Force Fellow at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He completed his PhD on Australia's involvement in the Great War, and has served operationally in East Timor and the wider Middle East region.

Rain Liivoja is Associate Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, where he leads the Law and the Future of War research group. He also holds the title of Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki, where he is affiliated with the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. Rain's research centres on the legal issues relating to military operations and the armed forces.

Major Gareth Rice is an Instructor at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College-Duntroon and has served on operations in Afghanistan.

Pichamon Yeophantong (moderator) is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development at UNSW Canberra. She is the guest editor of this special issue of the Human Rights Defender. Pichamon has served as a consultant to international human rights and development organizations, and has published on the topic of non-Western cultures of humanitarianism and warfare.