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Recent Work

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I-CONnect Column on Peacebuilding as 
Civilising Mission

In in this column, I examine problems with the international peacebuilding paradigm, focusing on the experience in Timor-Leste

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I-CONnect Column on Constitution-Making in Deeply Divided States

In this column, I write about how international involvement in South Sudan's process helped tipped scales in favour of SPLM/A, lessening prospects for inclusive governance

 

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I-CONnect Column
on Indigenous Peoples' Rights and
Environmental
Protection

Indigenous peoples are among the most effective forest managers in the world. But we must not condition our support for indigenous peoples’ rights on any “common good” that we obtain from their actions. I discuss this in this column on I-CONnect.

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Transitions to Peace: Philippines

I was a panelist at this roundtable that focused on the dilemmas countries face when attempting to navigate the transition from signing a peace agreement to implementing an agenda for post-conflict governance. 

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2021 Philippines Jessup Cup

Happy to have served as Memorial and Preliminary Orals judge for the 2021 Jessup Philippines Cup. I served as orals judge on 23 February 2021. Fantastic performances by both teams.

Photo credit: Jared Amoroso

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Oxford Philippines Society: Pop-Up Talks

I gave a short presentation on an aspect of my research project before members of the Oxford Philippines Society on 19 February 2021. Interesting discussion on the implications of intrastate peace agreement legal effects and the current debate on BARMM transition (see my column linked below)

Photo credit: Ica Fernandez

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I-CONnect Column on the BARMM Transition

In this new column for

"I-CONnect: The Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law," I explore the democracy and legitimacy perils of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in the Philippines extending its term without an election.

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2021 Columnist for the Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Looking forward to contributing to I-CONnect's good work as 2021 columnist


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Learning Session with the Restoration Council of Shan State

In August 2020, I had the privilege of speaking with members of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), one of the biggest ethnic armed organisations in peace talks with the Myanmar government, on the importance of crafting effective fiscal arrangements in negotiating peace deals.

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Indigenous Peoples and International Law's Impermeable Boxes

At this roundtable discussion, I consider the prospects of indigenous peoples' rights, considering the fragmented nature of international law-making.

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Peace Processes

and Political Exclusion

On 5 May 2019, I spoke at St. Edmund Hall about the problem of political exclusion in peace processes. Using the Lumad (indigenous peoples) experience in the Bangsamoro peace process as an example, I discuss whether peace agreements merely codify the existing exclusionary politics in a given conflict context. 

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