Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer

BA (Hons)/LLB (Hons) (UQ), SJD ANU
Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 6125 2177

Areas of expertise

  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116
  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606

Research interests

Transitional Justice - Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Myanmar

Feminist approaches to international law

Refugee and Migration Law

International Humanitarian Law

International Aid and Development

Regional Diplomacy - MIKTA, IORA, ASEAN, APEC

Public Diplomacy, E-diplomacy

Feminist Approaches to Diplomacy

The G20

The Security Council

National Security

Human Rights

Women's Social Policy

Transnational Civil Society Movements


Dr Susan Harris Rimmer (BA[Hons]/LLB[Hons] UQ, SJD ANU) is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. She is also a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School. She joined Griffith Law School as an Associate Professor in July 2015.

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.

Susan is the G20 correspondent for The Conversation site. She is part of the Think20 process for Australia’s host year of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane 2014, and attended the St Petersburg Summit in 2013 and the Brisbane Summit in 2014. Sue is one of the two Australian representatives to the W20 Turkey.

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.


Researcher's projects

Vision 2012-2015

Channel 9 morning news – Hillary Clinton campaign -

Putting Gender on the G20 agenda -

Y20: Big decisions for Young People at the G20 -

Equality: The linchpin of successful development? - One Just World  -

Diplomacy in the Internet Age -

Australia on the Security Council: Strategies to advance the Women Peace and Security agenda -

What is the G20 and why does it matter - GB TImes -

Why should we care about the G20 - Sky News -

Children of the Afghan War - National Press Club, ABC Big Ideas -

Why refugee law is difficult, even without the politics - Wheeler Centre -


Opinion Pieces


Why Australia should have joined AIIB – Lowy Interpreter - 30 March 2015 -

Opinion for ASEAN Insights Bulletin - Indonesian soft power in ASEAN and beyond 


Julie Bishop needs the company of other women in Cabinet, Canberra Times, 2 December 2014.

Koala diplomacy: Australian soft power saves the day at G20, The Conversation, 18 November 2014

‘And speaking of China…’ Obama’s hope for Asia, The Conversation, 15 November 2014

Who’s who in the G20 zoo? Focus on the sherpas, The Conversation, 15 November 2014

Why Joe Hockey and the G20 need women onside, The Conversation, 3 November 2014

Explainer: who gets invited to the G20 summit, and why, The Conversation, 3 November 2014

Time to act: can the world prevent sexual violence in armed conflict?, The Conversation,11 June 2014

Time for the G20 to invest in gender equality, The Conversation, 4 March 2014

We are all spillovers now: G20 finance meeting explained, The Conversation, 19 February 2014

Lost in transmission: the Australia Network, soft power and diplomacy, The Converation, 31 January 2014.

Australia's Die-Hard Diplomacy, East Asia Forum - 21 January 2014,

Davos Diplomacy: Abbott sells G20 Summit to world leaders, The Conversation, 22 January 2014.


Delivering growth but protecting economies: our G20 conundrum, The Conversation, 6 December 2013,

Getting behind Burma - CAP News, 5 December 2013.

Efforts to stop violence against women must focus on social, cultural norms, East Asia Forum, 27 October 2013,

The distortion of Abbott's 'women problem', Public Sector Informant, Canberra Times, 1 October 2013,

Bishop joins ranks of the few, Canberra Times, 30 September 2013,

G20 Summit Brisbane 2014: Persuasion post-Petersburg, The Conversation, 9 September 2013,

Pride and prejudice as curtain comes down on the G20, The Conversation, 7 September 2013,

Day one at the G20 Summit: tense and sensibility, The Conversation, 6 September 2013,

What does the G20 actually do? The Conversation, 4 September 2013,

FactCheck: did Kevin Rudd help create the G20? The Conversation, 19 August 2013,

What on earth is the G20 and why should I care?, The Conversation, 6 August 2013,

The top 10 mistakes in the PNG Solution, The Drum, ABC News, 24 July 2013.

Disappointing politics: Australia’s Indonesia relationship, East Asia Forum, 9 July 2013,

Refugee Convention: the perils of leaving, ASPI Strategist, 20 June 2013,

Why soft power is so hard: the impact of aid cuts on regional security, The Conversation, 7 June 2013,

Paying the price for aid and diplomacy cuts, CAP ANU News, 14 May 2013,

Sector on a Fiscal Cliff, Development Policy Blog, 25 February 2013,

Rising up in support of women, The Canberra Times, 14 February 2013,

Careers in development: an interview with Susan Harris Rimmer on a career spanning the private sector, public sector, NGOs, and academia, interviewed by Jonathan Pryke,  19 April 2013,


Research Projects

Building Democracy & Justice After Conflict (complete)

Women and Diplomacy

Implementing Women, Peace and Security in Australia’s domestic and foreign policies

Australia has not only secured a two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council, it has also secured a seat on the UN Women Executive Board.  This provides a platform and momentum for Australia to further the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.  As part of this commitment, Australia has developed of a National Action Plan (NAP), released in 2012, that commits relevant government agencies to implementing the WPS agenda. This research provides an analysis of the ongoing Australian efforts to implement the NAP domestically and promote the WPS agenda in the United Nations.  

Diplomactic Strategies for Pivotal Powers

Troika Diplomacy - Russia, Australia and Turkey in the G20 (2013-2015)

Evaluating Australian Outreach - G20 Leaders Summit Brisbane 2014

Australia on the UN Security Council: Lessons and Legacies from E10 members


Peacebuilding Diplomacy: Sites, Actors, Dilemmas

E-Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific: opportunity and crisis

Diplomacy: The 21st century professional skillset

Diplomacy and Development

Understanding Transitional Justice


Available student projects

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Current student projects


Christine Kenny, PhD thesis, 2014

Women's human rights in Kenya


Jayson Lamchek, PhD thesis, 2014

Human rights and counter-terrorism measures in Indonesia and the Philippines 


Past student projects

Bambang Nugroho, Master of International Affairs thesis, Semester 2, 2014,

Negotiating Space: Humanitarian Diplomacy by States and Regional Organisations

Mariko Yamamoto, Master of International Affairs thesis, Semester 2, 2013

What consequences does the exclusion of forcefully displaced persons from the transitional justice process have upon the achievement of post-conflict justice?


Projects and Grants

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