Catherine Renshaw

Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Western Sydney University

Dr Catherine Renshaw (BA Hons. Syd; LLB, UNSW; LLM Syd) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Western Sydney. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney. Catherine’s research focuses on human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia and she has done fieldwork in Myanmar and Thailand. She acts as consultant to several NGOs in the Asia Pacific region and is admitted to practice as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, the most recent being: “National Human Rights Institutions and Civil Society Organisations: new dynamics of engagement at domestic, regional and international levels,” Journal of Global Governance 18(3) (May 2012); “Law, legitimacy and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights,” Thammasat University Law Review (2012); “NHRIs in the Asia Pacific region: Internalizing Human Rights in Asia,” in Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram (eds) National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). Between 2008 and 2010 she was Director of an Australian Research Council project based at the Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of New South Wales.


  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer, Western Sydney University


  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Sydney, LLM
  • 1996 
    University ofNew South Wales, LLB
  • 1992 
    University of Sydney, BA (Hobs)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Community of Democracies
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