Dr Catherine Renshaw - Nat Thomas More Law School (Faculty of Law and Business)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


I am the Deputy Head of the Thomas More Law School at Australian Catholic University. My research focuses on international human rights and specifically, human rights and democratization in the Asia Pacific region. My articles are published in journals such as the Michigan Journal of International Law and Human Rights Quarterly. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, where I contribute to the Australia Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project, which focuses on the rule of law and constitutionalism in Myanmar. In 2016 I received the Womenas Fellowship Award for Research at Western Sydney University. I did my law degree at UNSW and my Master of Laws and PhD at Sydney University. I also have an Honours degree in History from Sydney University. My book 'The Will of the People: Human Rights and Participatory Politics in Southeast Asia' will be published in 2019.


Phone : (North Sydney)
Email :Catherine.Renshaw@acu.edu.au
URIs : Personal Website

Research Interests

human rights; international law; rule of law ;

Methods Expertise

Empirical; doctrinal; qualitative; ethnographic ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

Selected Publications


Human Rights and Participatory Politics in Southeast Asia


Myanmar's Contribution to International Law , in Oxford Handbook on International Law in Asia and the Pacific

Myanmar's Transition without Justice , in The Role of Civil Society in Transitional Justice in the Asia Pacific Region


Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Uncovering the Dynamics of State Commitment and Compliancea?? , in 37 (4) Michigan Journal of International Law

Global or Regional? Realising Womena's Rights in Southeast Asia.a?? , in 39(3) Human Rights Quarterly

Human Rights under the New Regime, in Andrew Harding (ed) Constitutionalism and Legal Change in Myanmar Hart Publishing/ Bloomsbury

Networks, Experts and International Law, with Joanna Harrington and Holly Cullen (eds) , in Cambridge University Press

Myanmar and Sanctions , in Melissa Crouch (ed) The Business of Transition Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Indonesia, Australia and ASEAN, in Tim Lindsey and David McRae (eds) Strangers Next Door? Australia and Indonesia in the Asian Century Hart Publishing, 2016


Disasters, Despots and Gunboat Diplomacy, in 2014) in David Caron, Michael Kelly and Anastasia Telesetsky (eds) in Catastrophe: The International Law of Disaster Relief, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Human Rights in Asia and the Pacific, with Ben Saul , in Routledge


The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration , in 13(2) Human Rights Law Review.