2014 – 2015
Fiona de Londras
A professor of law at Durham University in the United Kingdom, Professor Fiona de Londras co-directed the Durham Human Rights Centre from 2012-2014. Prior to joining Durham in 2012, Professor de Londras held lectureships at University College Cork and University College Dublin. She is a visiting professor at University of New South Wales (where she is affiliated with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law) and University College Dublin. In addition, Fiona is a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies in the University of Copenhagen, the Center for Global Public Law at the University of Koç, and University College Cork Faculty of Law, and is a global affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University in Atlanta.
Fiona’s work has three main strands. The primary focus has been on terrorism, counter-terrorism, constitutionalism and human rights. Most recently this has taken the form of a major EU-funded project entitled SECILE (Securing Europe through Counter-Terrorism: Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness) of which she is PI. A second focus is on comparative human rights law, with a particular focus on the ECHR and constitutional rights protection in the US, Ireland and Canada. Thirdly, Fiona works on human rights and gender, with a particular focus on abortion law reform in Ireland. In all, Fiona is (co) author or (co) editor of more than 60 books, chapters and articles on human rights law.
Professor de Londras is joint editor-in-chief of the Irish Yearbook of International Law, co-editor of Legal Studies, founder of Human Rights in Ireland, and an invited member of the SOURCE network on societal security. For 2014-15 she is a visiting fellow of Oxford Human Rights Hub and, for Michaelmas Term 2014/15, Programme Associate of the Human Rights for Future Generations Programme of the Oxford Martin School.
Joo-Cheong Tham is an Associate Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Melbourne.
He has published extensively in his key research areas, the regulation of precarious work and political finance law. He has also undertaken considerable research into counter-terrorism laws. Joo-Cheong’s research has also been published in print and online media with Joo-Cheong having written more than 40 opinion pieces. Joo-Cheong regularly speaks at public forums and has presented lectures at the Commonwealth, South Australian and Victorian Parliaments in Australia. He has also given evidence to parliamentary inquiries into terrorism laws and political finance law, and has written several reports for the New South Wales Electoral Commission.
His research on the regulation of precarious work is currently focused on the challenges posed by temporary migrant work in Australia, particularly, the precariousness of such work. Together with Dr Iain Campbell, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, he is leading an Australian Research Council project on this topic which will include a comparison of the Australian and Canadian experiences of temporary labour migration that will be undertaken with Professor Judy Fudge, Kent University. Joo-Cheong is also co-writing with Dr Campbell a book on precarious work in Australia which will be published by Melbourne University Press in 2016.
In the area of political finance, Joo-Cheong is currently leading an interdisciplinary team on the project, ‘The problems of campaign finance regulation’. This project, which is jointly funded by the Melbourne School of Government and the New South Wales Electoral Commission, will examine the arguments made by critics of campaign finance regulation through a case-study of New South Wales campaign finance laws.
In 2012, Joo-Cheong became the inaugural Director of the Electoral Regulation Research Network. The Network – an initiative sponsored by the New South Wales Electoral Commission, Victorian Electoral Commission and the Melbourne Law School – aims to to foster exchange and discussion amongst academics, electoral commissions and other interested groups on research relating to electoral regulation.