Seeking a research associate to work in Asia-Europe intergovernmental project

Associate Professor Bina D'Costa is looking for a research associate to work with her on an intergovernmental Asia-Europe project. Associate Professor D'Costa will serve as the main rapporteur for Asia for the 17th Asia-Europe Seminar on Human Rights. Professor Ton Lieffard, UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, and from Leiden University serve as the main rapporteur for Europe. The topic for this year is Human Rights of Children. This is organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

The seminar will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 7-9 November 2017. It is being hosted by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and the Bulgarian State Agency for Child Protection.

This requires drafting a background paper for an international seminar on Children and Human Rights under Assoc. Prof. D'Costa's supervision and participating in the seminar. 

The overall purpose of the background paper is to provide a good overview on the rights of the child, to clarify some concepts, to capture the international and regional developments in Asia and Europe on the implementation of the CRC, and to elaborate more on the topics that have been identified in a separate concept paper (to be sent to the selected candidate), using examples and case studies from Asia and Europe. In addition, it needs to capture the emerging issues and challenges from both regions, issues that might of interest for the participants to talk about in the working group sessions at the seminar.  

The background paper can be a maximum of 50 pages (including the bibliography, endnotes, references, any annexes etc). The first draft needs to be submitted by the end of August.

An honorarium of EUR 2000 flights (economy airfare from the country of residence) and accommodation will be provided.  


  • Must be a citizen of one of the 28 EU member states, the 10 ASEAN member states, Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea and Switzerland.
  • Must have excellent writing and communication skills (in English, other UN languages desired but not required)
  • Familiarity with the subject matter with knowledge of current policy and research debates in the area of child rights

Please email applications. 




ANU, Beyond ANU

Date posted

Monday, 24 July 2017

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