Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Harris Rimmer
Griffith University
Gender in transitions, women's rights under international law, post-conflict justice, forced migration, global governance, G20
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Personal Info

About Me

Areas of expertise

  • Gender Specific Studies
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law 
  • International Relations
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific

Research interests

Transitional Justice – Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Myanmar

Feminist approaches to international law

Refugee and Migration Law

International Humanitarian Law

International Aid and Development

Regional Diplomacy – MIKTA, IORA, ASEAN, APEC

Public Diplomacy, E-diplomacy

Feminist Approaches to Diplomacy

The G20

The Security Council

National Security

Human Rights

Women’s Social Policy

Transnational Civil Society Movements

Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer (BA[Hons]/LLB[Hons] UQ, SJD ANU) is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Griffith Law School, and an Adjunct Reader in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. She is also a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School, ANU. Her Future Fellow project is called ‘Trading’ Women’s Rights in Transitions: Designing Diplomatic Interventions in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Susan is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of Timor Leste (Routledge, 2010) and over 30 refereed academic works. Susan was chosen as the winner of the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women for 2006.

She often acts as a policy adviser to government and produces policy papers. Susan was selected as an expert for the official Australian delegation to the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2014. She has provided policy advice on the UNSC, G20, IORA and MIKTA.

Susan is the G20 correspondent for The Conversation. She is part of the Think20 process for Australia’s host year of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane 2014, a member of the W20 in Turkey and attended the St Petersburg Summit in 2013 and the Brisbane Summit in 2014.

Sue was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award in 2002, selected as participant in the 2020 Summit 2008 by then Prime Minister Rudd, and awarded the Future Summit Leadership Award, 2008, by the Australian Davos Connection (part of the World Economic Forum). In 2014 she was named one of the Westpac and Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in the Global category.

Sue was previously the Advocacy lead at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), She has also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.

She has been a board member of UN Women National Committee Australia and has previously been president of the voluntary non-governmental organisation Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. In October 2013 was appointed to the national board of the Refugee Council of Australia, and an Ambassador for the Australian Refugee Trust, and in 2014 joined the board of the International Womens Development Agency.

Recent Publications
  1. 2010. Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of East Timor, London and New York, Routledge Contemporary South East Asia Series.
    First book-length treatment of this topic. Reviewed very favourably by three leading journals, featured on curricula in US postgraduate courses on gender and conflict, reissued in paperback.
    2. 2010. Co-editor, with Hilary Charlesworth. Australian Feminist Law Journal Special Issue: Feminist Internationalisms 36(2). (ARC Discovery Building Peace After Conflict)
    A collection celebrating 20 years of feminist academic engagement with international relations (including political economy) and international law from Oceania, in an ERA A+ ranked journal.
    3. 2007. ‘“Orphans” or Veterans?: Justice for Children Born of War in East Timor’ Texas International Law Journal 42(2): 323-344.
    Winner of 2006 Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women held by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law.
    4. 2010. ‘Sexing the Subject of Transitional Justice’ Australian Feminist Law Journal Special Issue: Feminist Internationalisms 36(2): 123-147. (ARC Discovery Building Peace After Conflict)
    Cited in review essay ‘Women at the Margins of International Law’ as seminal to new field of gender and transitional justice in leading journal International Journal of Transitional Justice (2013).
    5. 2010. ‘Women Cut in Half: Refugee Women and the Commission for Reception, Truth-Seeking and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste’ Refugee Survey Quarterly 29(2): 85-103.
    First study of impact of gender and forced displacement on a transitional justice process in a leading journal. Cited in Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress by Megan Bradley, 2013.
    6. 2012. ‘Timor Leste: international intervention, gender and the dangers of negative peace’ in Robin Jeffrey, Edward Aspinall and Anthony Regan, Diminishing Conflict in Asia and the Pacific, London: Routledge.
    Launched by DFAT Secretary Varghese: ‘.. an important contribution to our understanding of conflict and peace in our region…a book not just of scholarship but also of utility to policy makers.’
    7. 2009. ‘Wearing his jacket: a feminist analysis of the serious crimes process in Timor Leste’, Australian Journal of International Law (2009): 81-102.
    Cited by key text in this field On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict Process by D Haynes, FN Aolain and N Cahn Oxford: Oxford UP (2011).
    8. 2015, ‘Is the Responsibility to Protect doctrine gender-neutral?’, in R Thakur, W. Maley (ed.), Theorising the Responsibility to Protect, Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, pp. 266-284.
    ‘Practice sometimes outpaces norms, or vice-versa; but whatever the sequencing, theorizing is invariably farther behind still. Thakur and Maley have assembled a distinguished but distinctive and diverse group of soloists rather than harmonious choristers. Powerful and persuasive essays are the result, everything you wanted to know about R2P and were afraid to ask.’ Thomas G. Weiss, Graduate Center, City University of New York
    9. *2016. ‘Gender, Governance and Defence of the Realm: Globalising Reforms of the Australian Defence
    Force’. In K. Young, K. Rubenstein (eds) The Public Law of Gender: From the Local to the Global,
    Connecting International Law and Public Law series, Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge
    University Press, pp. 413-436.
    ‘In demarcating the academic study of the public law of gender, this book brings together leading
    lawyers, political scientists, historians and philosophers to examine law’s structuring of politics,
    governing and gender in a new global frame.’
    10. 2010. ‘Assessing the relevance of the international legal framework in claiming economic and social
    rights’ Ann Neville (ed), Human Rights and Social Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Values and
    Citizenship in OECD Countries, Cheltenham and Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 20-46.
    Definitive collection of social policy in the OECD through a human rights lens.
Media Coverage

Channel 9 morning news – Hillary Clinton campaign –

Putting Gender on the G20 agenda –

Y20: Big decisions for Young People at the G20 –

Equality: The linchpin of successful development? – One Just World  –

Diplomacy in the Internet Age –

Australia on the Security Council: Strategies to advance the Women Peace and Security agenda –

What is the G20 and why does it matter – GB TImes –

Why should we care about the G20 – Sky News –

Children of the Afghan War – National Press Club, ABC Big Ideas –

Why refugee law is difficult, even without the politics – Wheeler Centre –

Country Focus
Australia, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Afghanistan

Research Areas

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