Strengthening human rights accountability

Date & time

1–2pm Monday 10 September 2018


Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, The Australian National University


Dr Annemarie Devereux


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Presented by United Nations Association of Australia and Centre for International & Public Law

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Ensuring accountability for human rights violations is a central tenet of the international human rights framework. Strong statements concerning accountability, in particular calls for the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for gross violations of IHRL and serious violations of IHL amounting to crimes under international law, are to be found in inter alia, Security Council deliberations and resolutions, as well as those of specialised human rights bodies.

Despite some heartening advances, particularly in the field of international criminal justice, significant challenges to achieving accountability remain. In this discussion, Dr Devereux will analyse some of the recent initiatives at the international level to address the ‘accountability deficit’, with particular reference to responses to violations committed in Syria. She will also ask questions about broadening our understanding of ‘accountability’ in order to fully realise intended human rights outcomes and reflect accountability’s individual and collective elements.


  • Dr Annemarie Devereux »

    Dr Annemarie Devereux is an international lawyer who has specialised in international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law and the domestic application of international law. Her engagements with the United Nations have included being a legal adviser within 3 peace missions in Timor Leste, and with the Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate; Head of the Legal Unit of OHCHR-Nepal, a Senior Human Rights Officer in OHCHR (Geneva), Senior Legal Adviser for the ICOI- Libya and later Coordinator of the OHCHR Investigation on Libya. Within Australia, her work has included being Assistant Secretary of the International Security and Human Rights Branch, Office of International Law, AGD. She continues to lecture and research in the fields of international law, constitutional law and human rights and in 2018 enjoyed the opportunity to be a Visiting Fellow at the ANU College of Law. 


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