Dr Jayson Lamchek

Visiting Fellow

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Jayson's research studies the advancement of human rights in extremely challenging settings. These settings have included counterterrorism, undocumented migration, the War on Drugs, mining in the Philippines, and criminal procedure reform. Jayson engages critical perspectives on human rights and international law (including Third World Approaches to International Law), and his methodology is interdisciplinary, particularly looking at human rights in political and historical contexts. Jayson has a background as a practitioner, having been a lawyer and advocate for non-government organizations in the Philippines, including the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC), for more than seven years.

His first monograph Human Rights Compliant-Counterterrorism: Myth-making and Reality in the Philippines and Indonesia (Cambridge University Press, 2019) critically assesses the intersection of human rights law with counterterrorism. It contributes case studies of state violence, social movement activism and law reform in the Philippines and Indonesia to examine the impact of the language of international human rights on counterterrorism practice on the ground. He has also published in the Australian Journal of Human Rights, and contributed chapters to Criminal Legalities in the Global South (Routledge, 2020) and the Duterte Reader (Cornell University Press, 2017)

Jayson was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore from 2017-2019. He completed his PhD at the ANU as an Endeavour scholar. He was also a recepient of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship (European Commission) and the Monbukagakusho scholarship (Japan).

At the ANU College of Law, he is developing a project on revitalizing Third World movement-inspired elements of international law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (particularly the right to benefit from scientific advancement) and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (particularly the principle of sea bed resources as the common heritage of mankind) for the present era of technological upheaval. He has continuing research in the Philippines and Indonesia which will be published by Oxford University Press, the International Criminal Law Review, among other venues.


  • Honorary Fellow

Significant research publications


  • 2019. Human Rights-Compliant Counterterrorism: Myth-making and Reality in the Philippines and Indonesia (Cambridge University Press). ISBN: 9781108588836

Book Chapters:

  • 2019. “Arresting a Due Process Revolution: The Reform of Indonesia’s Code of Criminal Procedure and the Persistence of History,” in Pablo Ciocchini and George Radics, eds., Criminal Legalities in the Global South, Routledge U.K. DOI: 10.4324/9780429459764

  • 2017. “A Mandate for Mass Killings? Public Support for Duterte’s War on Drugs,” in Nicole Curato, ed., A Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte’s Early Presidency, Manila and New York: Ateneo de Manila University Press and Cornell University Press. ISBN (paperback): 978-1-5017-2473-2

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • 2020. (with Emerson Sanchez) “Friends and Foes: Human Rights, the Philippine Left and Duterte, 2016-2017,” Asian Studies Review DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2020.1828273

  • 2013. “Exercising rights into existence: new human rights strategies by Third World peoples”, Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 19(1), pp. 175-196. DOI: 10.1080/1323-238x.2013.11882122

Other Publications:

  • 2013. “Philippines”, in Revenue Watch Institute, The 2013 Revenue Governance Index: A Measure of Transparency and Accountability in the Oil, Gas and Mining Sectors, New York: Revenue Watch Institute and Transparency International.

  • 2009. Asserting Autonomy: LGUs’ Right to Veto Mining, Quezon City: Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center.

  • 2005. Streamlining environmental impact assessment in the Philippines: implications for human rights, Quezon City: Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center. (Co-authored with Ingrid Rosalie L. Gorre)

In the Media

Jayson Lamchek writes in The Jakarta Post
Jayson Lamchek writes in New Mandala
Jayson Lamchek writes in Melbourne Asia Review
Jayson Lamchek writes in The Diplomat

Research projects & collaborations

  • Universal Basic Income as a Benefit-Sharing Scheme Realizing the Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress
  • Federalism in the Philippines and Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (with Dr. George Radics, National University of Singapore)
  • Bringing Back Class into the Analysis of the Philippines' War on Drugs: Focus on Prosecution of Drugs Cases (with Dr. Pablo Ciocchini, University of Liverpool)
  • Global Mapping of Marine Protected Areas (with Associate Professor Paul D'Arcy)

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