Cecilia Jacob

AsPr Cecilia Jacob

Associate Professor


BA(Hons) (Paris), MA, PhD (ANU)

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Cecilia Jacob

Cecilia is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Coral Bell School. Her work focuses on civilian protection, mass atrocity prevention, and international human protection norms. She has recently won a three-year Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the ARC to study UN human protection practices. Her project, ‘United Nations Peace and Security Reform for Human Protection’, will investigate how reform of the United Nations peace and security architecture is shaping the organisation’s human protection practices in local conflicts. It aims to develop a new framework for studying the international-local interactions that influence global norm-making and implementation, using interdisciplinary methods drawn from sociology, international relations, and international law.

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 in 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.

Watch Cecilia discuss her particular focus on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.


Cecilia teaches the undergraduate course Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice INTR3001 (Semester 2, 2020).

Three ARC grant successes for Bell School

This week three of our Bell School researchers have received the wonderful news that they have been successful in winning ARC research funding. We are delighted to congratulate:

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect conference report

On 28–29 October 2016, the Department of International Relations at The Australian National University, along with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Que

Strengthening state resistance for the prevention of mass atrocities

Strengthening state resistance for the prevention of mass atrocities

Sometimes controversial in its application, it is now ten years since the unanimous endorsement of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the 2005 UN World Summit, writes Cecilia Jacob and Stephen McLoughlin.

Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Martine Perret

Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Domestic Processes and Foreign Assistance

The Implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) project aims to cut across academic and policy divides to develop a coherent framework and agenda to promote the effective operation of R2P.

Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Banksy

Children and the Responsibility to Protect Project

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) framework lays down a responsibility to protect populations from the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing.

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