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Susan Harris Rimmer

Susan Harris Rimmer

Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Griffith Law School, Griffith University
Dr Susan Harris Rimmer (BA[Hons]/LLB[Hons] UQ, SJD ANU) is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Griffith Law School. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. Her Future Fellow project is called 'Trading' Women's Rights in Transitions: Designing Diplomatic Interventions in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Susan is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of Timor Leste (Routledge, 2010) and over 30 refereed academic works. Susan was chosen as the winner of the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women for 2006. Sue’s interests are in public diplomacy, gender and foreign policy, global and regional governance and international human rights law.

She is a keynote speaker, frequent contributor to the public press and often called upon for commentary. She often acts as a policy adviser to government and produces policy papers, such as MIKTA, IORA, G20 and the UN Security Council. Susan was selected as an expert for the official Australian delegation to the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2014, with the delegation headed by Minister Michaelia Cash and Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott-Despoja.

Susan was part of the Think20 process for Australia’s host year of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane 2014, and the Turkish and Chinese Presidencies. She is one of Australia's representatives to the W20, with Anne Fulwood.

Sue was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award in 2002, selected as participant in the 2020 Summit 2008 by then Prime Minister Rudd, and awarded the Future Summit Leadership Award, 2008, by the Australian Davos Connection (part of the World Economic Forum). In 2014 she was named one of the Westpac and Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence in the Global category.

Sue was previously the Manager of Advocacy and Development Practice at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), She has also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.

She has been a board member of UN Women National Committee Australia and has previously been president of the voluntary non-governmental organisation Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Academics Stand Against Poverty (Australasia), and in October 2013 was appointed to the national board of the Refugee Council of Australia, and an Ambassador for the Australian Refugee Trust. In 2014 she joined the board of the International Women's Development Agency.

Cruel summer ahead – why is Australia so unprepared?

Dec 05, 2023 05:37 am UTC| Nature

2023 has shattered climate records, accompanied by extreme weather that has left a trail of devastation and despair, according to the World Meteorological Organization at COP 28. Some of the most significant extreme heat...

Climate Change Series

China, Russia and climate change: why Australia's place at the NATO Summit was so important

Jul 04, 2022 16:40 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese admitted at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Public Forum that some Australians may not understand why hes at a NATO meeting in Spain. But that since COVID and the invasion of...

Stressed out, dropping out: COVID has taken its toll on uni students

Dec 19, 2020 09:59 am UTC| Insights & Views

Its a tough time to be a university student. Amid a global pandemic, overstretched mental health services and sweeping university staff cuts, students have had to attend classes and hand in assignments while juggling work,...

G7 throws up plenty of controversy and debate, but little compromise

Aug 27, 2019 01:30 am UTC| Insights & Views

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has had a busy fortnight of international diplomacy. Barely had the dust settled from his performance at the Pacific Island Forum in Tuvalu, than the prime minister announced troop commitments...

In his first major foreign policy test, Morrison needs to stick to the script

Nov 14, 2018 11:50 am UTC| Insights & Views

Attending a global leaders summit might look easy all interesting shirts, family-style photos and unusual handshakes but these occasions can prove extremely difficult for leaders who focus solely on domestic politics or...

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Economy

Digital trade protocol for Africa: why it matters, what’s in it and what’s still missing

In February 2024, African heads of states adopted a draft protocol to regulate digital trade within the continent. This significant yet challenging course for Africas digital economy fits into the broader trade agreement,...

Industry shutdowns are messy and painful: 4 lessons Australia’s coal sector can learn from car-makers about bowing out

Shifting Australias electricity sector to low-carbon technologies and closing coal plants is vital to tackling climate change. But such transitions are easier said than done. People and economies are often deeply...

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This is how President Ramaphosa got to the 25% figure of progress in land reform in South Africa

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Politics

US and Japan Boost AI, Semiconductor Alliance; EU Eyes Reduction in China Dependence

Japan and the United States are poised to deepen ties in the high-tech sector, signaling a strategic move to enhance their global partnership with a focus on artificial intelligence and semiconductor...

US Finalizes Ban List for Chinese Chipmakers; Boosts Mexico Semiconductor Ties

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China's Commerce Minister to Advocate EV Sector in Europe Amid Subsidy, Tariff Probe

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South Africa’s electricity crisis: what political parties say in their election manifestos about solving it

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Science

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An eclipse for everyone – how visually impaired students can ‘get a feel for’ eclipses

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How do airplanes fly? An aerospace engineer explains the physics of flight

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The mystery of consciousness shows there may be a limit to what science alone can achieve

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What is minoxidil, the anti-balding hair growth treatment? Here’s what the science says

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Technology

Adobe Unveils Acrobat AI Assistant Tool for Acrobat and Reader Users

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Analyst Predicts Bitcoin Could Reach $650K with New Hong Kong ETFs

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China's New ETFs Set to Boost Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP Prices

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Fiji Central Bank Cautions on Crypto Use, Dashing Bitcoin Integration Hopes

In a surprising move, the Reserve Bank of Fiji has warned against using cryptocurrencies for payments or investments, reversing earlier expectations stirred by the Prime Ministers pro-Bitcoin stance. This advisory comes...
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