Dr Jayson Lamchek

PhD (ANU), MA Human Rights Practice - Erasmus Mundus (Roehampton; Gothenburg; Tromso), MA Public Administration (ICU Tokyo), LLB (UP Diliman), BA Philosophy (UP Diliman)
Honorary Fellow
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Law 1801
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • Law And Society 180119


Jayson's research studies the advancement of human rights in extremely challenging settings. These settings have included counterterrorism, undocumented migration, the War on Drugs, mining in the Philippines, and criminal procedure reform. Jayson engages critical perspectives on human rights and international law (including Third World Approaches to International Law), and his methodology is interdisciplinary, particularly looking at human rights in political and historical contexts. Jayson has a background as a practitioner, having been a lawyer and advocate for non-government organizations in the Philippines, including the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC), for more than seven years.

His first monograph Human Rights Compliant-Counterterrorism: Myth-making and Reality in the Philippines and Indonesia (Cambridge University Press, 2019) critically assesses the intersection of human rights law with counterterrorism. It contributes case studies of state violence, social movement activism and law reform in the Philippines and Indonesia to examine the impact of the language of international human rights on counterterrorism practice on the ground. He has also published in the Australian Journal of Human Rights, and contributed chapters to Criminal Legalities in the Global South (Routledge, 2020) and the Duterte Reader (Cornell University Press, 2017)

Jayson was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore from 2017-2019. He completed his PhD at the ANU as an Endeavour scholar. He was also a recepient of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship (European Commission) and the Monbukagakusho scholarship (Japan).

At the ANU College of Law, he is developing a project on revitalizing Third World movement-inspired elements of international law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (particularly the right to benefit from scientific advancement) and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (particularly the principle of sea bed resources as the common heritage of mankind) for the present era of technological upheaval. He has continuing research in the Philippines and Indonesia which will be published in the Oxford Handbook of the Indonesian Constitution, the Asian Studies Review, among other venues.


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