Morten Pedersen

Senior Lecturer in International and Political Studies
Senior Lecturer

Dr Morten Pedersen is Senior Lecturer in International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy) and a former senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Myanmar. In addition to teaching and research, he has worked as a policy advisor on Myanmar politics and development affairs for the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Commission, the Australian government, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari, among others. His major publications include Promoting Human Rights in Burma: A Critique of Western Sanctions Policies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); with Anna Magnusson, A Good Office: Twenty Years of UN Mediation in Myanmar (International Peace Institute, 2012); and with David Kinley, Principled Engagement: Negotiating Human Rights in Pariah States (Ashgate, 2013). He was the 2013 winner of the Boyer Prize for the best original article in the Australian Journal of International Affairs - "How to promote human rights in the world's most repressive states: Lessons from Myanmar", Vol. 67, No. 2, 2013.

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Books
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Caballero-Anthony M; Clapp P; Dalpino C; Denmark AM; Miller M; Pedersen MB, 2014, Myanmar's growing regional role
2014
Pedersen MB; Kinley D; Sidoti C; Gentile P; Kent A; Horsey R; Ford J; Negin J; Nolan J; van Heerden A; Cockayne J; Darrow M, 2013, Principled Engagement: Negotiating Human Rights in Repressive States, Pedersen MB; Kinley D, (ed.), Applied Legal Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham
2013
Magnusson A; Pedersen M, 2012, A Good Office? Twenty Years of UN Mediation in Myanmar, 1st, International Peace Institute, New York
2012
Book Chapters
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Pedersen MB, 2020, 'Democracy and human rights: in the shadow of Myanmar's national security state', in Simpson A; Farrelly N (ed.), Myanmar: Politics, Economy and Society, Routledge, Milton Park, pp. 74 - 86, https://www.routledge.com/Myanmar-Politics-Economy-and-Society/Simpson-Farrelly/p/book/9780367110444
2020
Pedersen M, 2017, 'Democracy and Human Rights', in Simpson A; Farrelly N; Holliday I (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar, Routledge, Milton Park, pp. 371 - 390, https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Contemporary-Myanmar/Simpson-Farrelly-Holliday/p/book/9781138820777
2017
Pedersen M, 2017, 'Three Generations of International Human Rights Governance', in Global Insecurity Futures of Global Chaos and Governance, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 293 - 310, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95145-1
2017
Pedersen MB, 2017, 'Three Generations of International Human Rights Governance', in Global Insecurity, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 293 - 310, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95145-1_16
2017
Pedersen MB, 2014, 'Myanmar's Democratic Opening: The Process and Prospect of Reform', in Cheesman N; Farrelly N; Wilson T (ed.), Debating Democratization in Myanmar, ISEAS Publishing, Singapore, pp. 19 - 40, http://www.iseas.edu.sg/news_content.cfm?news_id=7AA08869-D11B-9143-02D9A6F26731BC9B
2014
Pedersen MB, 2014, 'Myanmar's Foreign Policy in a Time of Transition', in Miller M; Denmark AM (ed.), Myanmar's Growing Regional Role, The National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle, pp. 53 - 73, http://www.nbr.org/publications/issue.aspx?id=300
2014
Pedersen MB; Kinley D, 2013, 'Introducing Principled Engagement', in Pedersen MB; Kinsley D (ed.), Principled Engagement: Negotiating Human Rights in Repressive States, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, pp. 1 - 12
2013
Pedersen MB, 2013, 'The Theoretical Case for Principled Engagement', in Pedersen MB; Kinley D (ed.), Principled Engagement: Negotiating Human Rights in Repressive States, edn. Applied Legal Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, pp. 13 - 38
2013
Pedersen M, 2012, 'Rethinking International Assistance to Myanmar in a Time of Transition', in Cheeseman N; Skidmore M; Wilson T (ed.), Myanmar's Transition: Openings, Obstacles, and Opportunities, ISEAS Publishing, Singapore, pp. 271 - 286
2012
Journal articles
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Pedersen MB, 2021, 'The Rohingya crisis, Myanmar, and R2P 'Black holes'', Global Responsibility to Protect, vol. 13, pp. 349 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-984X-13020009
2021
Pedersen MB, 2019, 'The ICC, the Rohingya and the limitations of retributive justice', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 73, pp. 9 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2018.1548562
2019
Pedersen MB, 2019, 'Myanmar in 2018: New Democracy Hangs in the Balance', Southeast Asian Affairs, vol. 2019, pp. 224 - 241
2019
Pedersen MB, 2018, 'The Roots of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis', Human Rights Defender, vol. 28
2018
Pedersen MB, 2015, 'Myanmar in 2014: Tacking against the Wind', Southeast Asian Affairs, vol. 2015, http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/saa/summary/v2015/2015.pedersen.html
2015
Pedersen MB, 2013, 'Myanmar’s armed forces return to the barracks, for now', Asian Currents, pp. 2 - 4
2013
Pedersen M, 2013, 'How to promote human rights in the world's most repressive states: Lessons from Myanmar', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 67, pp. 190 - 202, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2013
2013

Burmese politics and development affairs, human rights, tools of international statecraft. Is currently preparing a multi-year comparative project on international human rights work in Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Organisational units
lensSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sub Theme
lensAsia-Pacific Development & Security