Dr Cecilia Jacob

BA (Hons 1A) (Paris), MA, PhD (ANU)
Fellow I Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia and the Pacific
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 (02) 6125 2173

Research interests

International Relations, security studies, armed conflict and political violence in South and Southeast Asia, Responsibility to Protect and mass atrocity prevention, civilian protection. 


Cecilia is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations. Her work focuses on civilian protection, mass atrocity prevention, and international human protection norms. Cecilia has a geographic focus on armed conflict and political violence in South and Southeast Asia, and has conducted extensive overseas field research. Her books include Child Security in Asia: The Impact of Armed Conflict and Cambodia and Myanmar (Routledge, 2014) and (edited with Alistair D. B. Cook) Civilian Protection in the Twenty-First Century: Governance and Responsibility in a Fragmented World (Oxford University Press, 2016). Her research has been published in journals such as Security Dialogue, Global Governance, and Global Responsibility to Protect. Prior to completing her PhD, Cecilia worked for NGOs in France, Thailand and Cambodia, and for the Advisory Group in AusAID, Australia. 


Researcher's projects

United Nations Peace and Security Reform for Human Protection
 Australian Research Council DECRA project 2019-2021

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: First Experiences and a Future Agenda With Martin Mennecke. Edited Volume, (in press, forthcoming with Routledge, 2019).

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Project Page http://ir.bellschool.anu.edu.au/our-projects/implementing-responsibility-protect-domestic-processes-and-foreign-assistance  

'The Regulatory Function of International Norms: Governance through the Responsibility to Protect'. 

'The Future of Prevention? UN Reform in a Changing World Order.'


Current student projects

Current PhD Supervision

Nicola Mathieson (chair and primary supervisor) Topic: Learning in armed groups: The mujahideen.

Alana Moore (chair and primary supervisor) Topic: The role of faith-based organizations in the international humanitarian order

Kate McFarlane (chair, primary supervisor) Topic: Children on the Front Line in South Asian Conflicts: Case Studies of Girl Soldiers in Sri Lanka and Nepal

Ana Alonso Soriano (primary supervisor) Topic: The Children Born of War in Peru and Guatemala 

Anna Samson (advisor) Topic: US Exit Strategies from Humanitarian Intervention

Thidar Khin Aye (advisor) Topic: Domestic human rights norm implementation in Myanmar 

Ashley Clements (advisor) Topic: Negotiating Humanitarian Access: Yemen and Myanmar


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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