Rebecca Barber

About/Bio

Rebecca Barber is a Research Fellow with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and a PhD Candidate at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the competence of the UN General Assembly in relation to atrocity prevention and response. Her research draws on more than 15 years of experience in humanitarian assistance, primarily with international NGOs, including long-term roles in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Indonesia and shorter-term assignments throughout South-East Asia and the Pacific. She is admitted to practice as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of Victoria, and serves on the Advisory Board of the International Rule of Law Initiative and the IHL Advisory Committee of the Australian Red Cross.

Recently Published

Could Russia be Suspended from the United Nations?

The General Assembly is currently meeting in Emergency Special Session on Ukraine, and will likely pass a resolution condemning Russia’s aggression, demanding the withdrawal of troops, and urging a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Such a resolution will be an important step, but also begs the question: if these appeals for peace are not heeded, what could be…

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What can the UN General Assembly do about Russian Aggression in Ukraine?

Yesterday Devika Hovell wrote an excellent post on this forum, rightly noting that the Security Council was not the body to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine. Hovell pointed to the General Assembly as the most appropriate alternative, and suggested that the Security Council should pass a ‘Uniting for Peace’ (U4P) resolution, referring…

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How Should Governments Decide Whether or not to Recognise other Governments, and can the General Assembly Help?

Last week, the General Assembly’s Credentials Committee met to assess the credentials of delegates claiming the right to represent their States at the General Assembly. As discussed previously on this forum, normally this is a formality. On this occasion, however, as is well known, the Committee had two contentious cases to consider. In the case of Myanmar, competing…

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