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Ms Rebecca LaForgia
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I teach and research in Public International Law and Australian Constitutional Law: my main interest is in exploring the question of how these areas of law can meaningfully be made accessible to and open for all people. I have a First Class Honours degree in Law from Adelaide University, and a First Class Masters degree in Law from Cambridge University.
LL.B (First Class Hons, University of Adelaide)
LL.M ( First Class Hons, University of Cambridge)
Awards & Achievements
United States Studies Centre Research Grant: Exploring compliance with the right public participation under United States Bilateral Free Trade Agreements (2010)
The Russell Vick Prize for Law, for results in LL.M examination by Jesus College Cambridge University (1995)
Primarily in the areas of constitutional law, public international law, public law and jurisprudence.
Awarded Federal Government Carrick Teaching Prize for Constitutional Law (jointly with two colleagues – Professor Elizabeth Handsley and Dr Chris Reynolds), 2007
Nominated and received “Golden Key” award through student nomination, Flinders University 2007
Internationalisation & International Student Support, Adelaide Law School
I teach and research in Public International Law and Australian Constitutional Law, as stated; my main interest being exploring the question of how these areas can be accessed by and open to all.
My motivation is that without public input into and around international law there is, of course, the well-documented democratic deficit; but – more importantly – without public participation, we as a global society are missing out on different ways of seeing and developing international legal obligations and international legal relationships.
The project I am currently working on reflects this. I am researching into and advocating for the inclusion of public participation obligation within a forthcoming trade treaty. I have presented to negotiators and prepared Government submissions on why it is important that this treaty contains a legal obligation for ongoing public participation, coupled with a flow of information explaining the ongoing meaning of the treaty. The submissions I have made are available below and at http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/tpp/ ( click on submissions).
This project is ongoing as the treaty is still under negotiation. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the arguments and/or submission process that I have undertaken around the inclusion of a public participation obligation within this Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Robert McCorquodale & Rebecca La Forgia, “Taking off the Blindfolds: Torture by Non-State Actors”; reprinted in ‘International Law beyond the State: Essays on Sovereignty, Non-State Actors and Human Rights’ by Robert McCorquodale, 2011.
Rebecca LaForgia, ‘The Politics of International Law–Twenty Years Later’: A Reply to Martti Koskenniemi; European Journal of International; (2009) 20 (4): 979.
Submissions and Government Engagement
2012 Rebecca LaForgia; “Submission regarding the inclusion of a Public Participation obligation within the TPP”, 12 September 2012, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; available at http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/tpp/
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