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Dr Rebecca LaForgia
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I am joint topic co-ordinator for Public International Law and also run an elective International legal practice; Interpretative approaches. In 2015 and to be re-run in 2016 I was part of a team which offered and developed a MOOC( massive open online course) on Cyber-War Surveillance and Security.
I have a First Class Honours degree in Law from Adelaide University, and a First Class Masters degree in Law from Cambridge University and a Doctorate from Flinders University.
LL.B (First Class Hons, University of Adelaide)
LL.M ( First Class University of Cambridge)
PhD (Flinders University, 2013)
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 public international law, public law, jurisprudence and
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 as stated; my main interest being exploring the question of how these areas can be accessed by and open to all.
I am also interested in narrative analysis of law and international discourse. My current project is considering the Asian Infrasturcture Investment Bank and the meaning of the terms "lean clean and green'
Here is a presentation I did on the AIIB at a seminar organised by Flinders University and the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)
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. Further information on this is contained in my research section below.
LaForgia, Rebecca, ‘Limitlessness in Australian Constitutional Legal Narrative: The Memory of Black's Address in the Tasmanian Dam Case’ Submitted October 2015 Griffith Law Review.
2015 Rebecca LaForgia ‘Public Participation in the Environmental Undertaking in the Trans Pacific Partnership a Listening Approach’ Participatory Educational Research (PER) Special Issue 2015 pp. 145- 154 June 2015 ISSN: 2148 6123
LaForgia, Rebecca with (Gabrielle Appleby and Alexander Reilly) ‘To Watch, To Never Look Away: The Public’s Responsibility for Australia’s Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers’ (2014) 39(3) Alternative Law Journal 163
LaForgia, (co-authored with Gabrielle Appleby, Peter Burdon, Joe McIntyre and Ngaire Naffine) ‘Review Essay: Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil’ (2014) 34(2) Adelaide Law Review
LaForgia (co-authored with Alexander Reilly) ‘Secret “Enhanced Screening” of Asylum Seekers: A Democratic Analysis Centring on the Humanity of the Commonwealth Officer’ (2013) 38(4) Alternative Law Journal 143
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
2015 Submission to the Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into the China Australia Free Trade Agreement.
2015 Oral Submission to the Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into the China Australia Free Trade Agreement.
2015 Oral testimony of Dr LaForgia cited by the Majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Report into China Australia Free Trade Agreement. See below citation form the report( footnotes ommitted)
"There were also suggestions to improve the future interpretation of treaty
2014 Submission to the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee
2014 Oral Submission to the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee
2014 Cited in the majority report of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee. See below citation from the report( footnotes omitted).
“The committee notes DFAT's statement that, in general, the Australian government was 'very open to having a high degree of transparency on the implementation going forward'. In order to assist to remove a perception of secrecy surrounding FTAs and to advance the understanding and accessibility of FTAs for industries, businesses and the community, the committee supports the procedural recommendation made by Dr Rebecca LaForgia to make an interpretive declaration relating to the public nature of KAFTA committee proceedings and documents. …..”
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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