Rebecca Barber


Rebecca is a PhD candidate with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the role of the UN General Assembly in international peace and security, with a focus on conflict-related humanitarian crises. Her research draws on more than 15 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, primarily with international NGOs, including long-term roles in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan (Darfur) and Indonesia (Aceh) and shorter-term assignments throughout South-East Asia and the Pacific. Her field roles included managing protection, human rights and legal assistance programs, as well as multi-sector humanitarian response programs, and she also served as a humanitarian advocacy advisor with Oxfam (GB and Australia) and Save the Children. More recently, she has lectured with the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership at Deakin University. Her writing on human rights, humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian law and international peace and security law has been published in law journals, books, foreign policy forums and the media. She is a qualified lawyer and holds masters degrees in international development and international law.

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Is Security Council Authorisation Really Necessary to Allow Cross-Border Humanitarian Assistance in Syria?

  In December last year, Russia and China vetoed a draft Security Council resolution that would have renewed the authorisation for humanitarian assistance to be provided in Syria via four designated border-crossings. The authorisation had been in place since Resolution 2165 (2014), and had enabled the provision of humanitarian assistance to more than…

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