[Recording available] ‘Covid and the rights of citizens – a conversation with Prof Kim Rubenstein on the Australian experience’

Published 7 March 2022

The NNHRR had the pleasure to invite you to an online event on 1 March 2022 with Professor Kim Rubenstein (University of Canberra) and Dr Julie Fraser (University of Utrecht) and with introductory remarks by NNHRR Academic Coordinator Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz (Asser Institute). 



The recording of this conversation between Prof Rubenstein and Dr Fraser is now available here.


The topic

Professor Rubenstein and Dr Fraser discussed the importance of citizenship-related rights to the experiences of those who found themselves stranded overseas during the pandemic. Given Prof Rubenstein’s candidacy for the Senate, the focus of the discussion was mainly on the treatment of the Australian expatriate community, and how this often-overlooked field of human rights law has become an important political issue in the lead-up to the Australian federal election.

The speaker

Professor Kim Rubenstein is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard University, and is Australia’s leading expert on citizenship, both around its formal legal status and in law’s intersection with broader normative notions of citizenship as membership and participation.  This has led to her scholarship around gender and public law, which includes her legal work and her oral history work around women lawyers’ contributions in the public sphere.  Currently a Professor at the University of Canberra where she is Director (Governance) of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, she was the Director of the Centre for International and Public law at the ANU from 2006-2015 and the Inaugural Convener of the ANU Gender Institute from 2011-2012.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australia Academy of Social Sciences. Kim has announced that she will run as an Independent to represent the ACT in the Senate at the next Federal election in Australia, which must occur before May 21, 2022.

The discussant

Julie Fraser is Assistant Professor with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Montaigne Centre at Utrecht University. She specialises in human rights law, international criminal law, and transitional justice. Her PhD was awarded the 2019 Max van der Stoel Prize in Human Rights and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020, Social Institutions and the Implementation of International Human Rights Law: "Every Organ of Society”.