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Current Work

Deputy Head of School (Research)  


Expertise Keywords

  • Australian Foreign Policy
  • international relations
  • women's empowerment

Subject Area Codes

  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law (excl. International Trade Law)

Country Affiliations

  • Afghanistan
  • East Timor
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar [Burma]

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 26 (Other: 26)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact


  • Panelist
    Futures Week, DFAT,   Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra,   2019,  
  • Public Event
    The Music of Human Rights,   Griffith Conservatorium,   2018,  
  • Public Event
    CEDA Women in Leadership Forum with Joanne McCarthy,   CEDA,   2018,  
  • Seminar
    Gender dilemmas in stabilisation missions: The NATO ISAF mission and the practice of bacha bazi,,   CIPL, ANU Law,   2018,  
  • Seminar
    Women Human Rights Defenders in Asia Pacific Region,   Monash GPS Centre,   2018,  
  • Keynote Address
    Questions of Memory, Justice and Reconciliation in Societies Post Conflict', Pluralistic Memory Project, Colombo, Sri Lanka,   International Centre for Ethnic Studies and the University of Lausanne,   2017,  
  • Commission
    Consultancy, Human Rights Review of Commonwealth Games,   GOLDOC,   2018,  
  • Public Event
    W20 Berlin,   German G20 Presidency,   2017,  
    Panel with Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Panel Chair
    INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON WOMEN AND TRADE,   ITC and European Commission,   2017,  
    First EU forum on gender and trade
  • Panelist
    Academic women’s leadership at FutureProof 2016, Sydney,   Campus Review,   2016,  
    Plenary speaker on academic women’s leadership at FutureProof 2016, Sydney in May 2016. http://www.campusreview.com.au/futureproof2016/ Led to 26 Sept bespoke event.
  • Keynote Address
    Launch of CEDA Global Networks research paper,   Committee for the Economic Development of Australia,   2015,  
    Launch of CEDA Global Networks research paper with Peter Varghese, Sydney, November 2015 - http://www.ceda.com.au/events/eventdetails/2015/11/n151113?EventCode=N151113
  • Public Event
    International Womens Day Breakfast in Brisbane,   UN Women,   2016,  
    On 9 March, I was a keynote speaker at the on the topic of ending violence against women. https://unwomen.org.au/take-action/events/iwd-breakfast-brisbane/

Learning and Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is informed by EM Forster "Only connect!" I desire to connect my teaching, research and service; to connect with my students; to connect the academy with social movements. To teach human rights, you have to model a rights-based approach to your life and work, you have to breathe equity. My desire to engage, challenge, and inspire growth in my students is never limited to the classroom. In return, I seek inspiration from my students, and always find it.  

Current and Past Courses

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    Convenor, , , Semester 2, 2019.
  • Global Law (1028LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Global Law (1028LAW)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Global Law (1028LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Global Law (1028LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Global Law (1028LAW)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Global Law (1028LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Looking for excellent doctoral candidates in the following areas:

Mental Health and Human Rights
Cities as Actors under International Law
Gender and Diplomacy
A Queensland Human Rights Act

Current supervision:

Charuka Ekanayake - Regulating UN Use of Force (PhD)

Pamela Finckenberg-Broman - EU State Aid (PhD)

Derek Heron - A Legal History of the South China Sea in the 2016 arbitration decision (MPhil)

Previous successful candidates:

Dr Jayson S. Lamchek - https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/human-rightscompliant-counterterrorism/22F4ABCEAF43B0FBE27CF974FFF73F72#



Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer (BA[Hons]/LLB[Hons] UQ, SJD ANU) is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Griffith Law School. She is an Adjunct Reader at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University and a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School. She is a non-resident Research Associate at Chatham House in the UK.

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.

She often acts as a policy adviser to government and produces policy papers. 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. She has provided policy advice on the UNSC, G20, IORA and MIKTA.

She is part of the Think20 process for Australia’s host year of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane 2014, the Turkish Presidency in 2015 and the Chinese Presidency in 2016. She attended the St Petersburg Summit in 2013 and the Brisbane Summit in 2014. Sue was one of the two Australian representatives to the W20 in Turkey and China.

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 Advocacy lead 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.

Education and Training

  • BA Bachelor Of Arts With Honours, University of Queensland 1990 - 1994

Awards and Honours

  • Gender Equality Top 100 The Most Influential People In Global Policy, Apolitical 2018 - 2018
  • Women of Influence, Australian Financial Review 2014 - 2015

Professional experience

  • Director of Studies, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University 2012 - 2015

Internal service roles

  • AEL Diversity Champion, Griffith University 2016 -

Visiting appointments

  • Visiting Fellow, Graduate Institute, Geneva 2016 - 2016
  • Visiting Fellow, International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University 2016 - 2016

Government representation roles

  • Australian representative to the W(omen) 20, G20 outreach group, Prime Minister and Cabinet 2015 -