Cunningham Lecture 2006: Building democracy and justice after conflict

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About the Speaker

Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM, FASSA, is a Federation Fellow in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. She is also Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, ANU.

The author thanks John Braithwaite for his comments and Celeste Ecuyer for her research assistance.

It is a great honour to be asked to deliver this lecture, named for the educationist, Dr Kenneth Cunningham, the first President of the Social Science Research Council, which became this Academy. After retiring, he worked with UNESCO on teacher education, so I hope he would have some interest in my topic.

It has been said that democracy or state-building has ‘become one of the critical all-consuming strategic and moral imperatives of our terrorised time’. But open any newspaper, listen to the radio or watch the TV news: all around us is evidence of the problems flowing from attempts to build democracy and justice after conflict.

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