Dr Kiran Grewal
+61 2 9351 2964
Kiran is a qualified lawyer who has worked both in Sydney and internationally in the areas of immigration, human rights and international criminal law. Her PhD research was on the topic of ethnicised gang rape and the relationship between constructions of national, gender and sexual identity in France and Australia. She also has research expertise in the area of sexual violence in inter-ethnic and international conflicts and rule of law projects in post-conflict societies. She is the author of an Amnesty International report evaluating the role of the UN administration in post-conflict Kosovo and has served as a monitor at the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone where she co-produced the gender training manual used by the Court's Defence Office.
Kiran's current research interests include torture, transitional justice and international legal institutions, international feminist theory and activism, human rights, gender and nationalism, diaspora and postcolonial theory. She is the research manager of a 3 year human rights project funded by the European Union working with the Nepali and Sri Lankan armed forces and police.
Refereed Journal Articles
- K. Grewal (2012) 'Reclaiming the voice of the "Third World Woman": What happens if we don't like what she has to say? The Tricky case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali' Interventions: the International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 14(4), pp569-590
- K. Grewal (2012) 'The protection of sexual autonomy under international criminal law: The ICC and the challenge of defining rape' Journal of International Criminal Justice, Vol. 10(2), pp373-396
- K. Grewal (2012) ‘Australia, the “Feminist” Nation? Discourses of Gender, “Culture” and Nation in the “K Brothers Gang Rapes’ Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 33(5), pp509-528
- K. Grewal (2010) ‘Rape in Conflict, Rape in Peace: Questioning the Revolutionary Potential of International Criminal Justice for Women’s Human Rights’ Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 33, pp57-80
- K. Grewal (2009) “’Va t’faire intégrer!’: The Appel des féministes indigènes and the challenge to ‘Republican values’ in Postcolonial France” Contemporary French Civilization, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp105-133
- K. Grewal (2007) “Representations of the Young Muslim Man in Australian Public Discourse” Transforming Cultures e-journal, Vol. 2, No.1
- Grewal, K. (2012) ‘Woman, Nation, War: The Special Court for Sierra Leone and the possibilities of international criminal justice for women’ in T. St Germain & S. Dewey(eds.) Woman, Body, Nation: International Efforts to Address Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.
- Dagistanli, S. and Grewal K. (2012) ‘Perverse Muslim Masculinities in Contemporary Orientalist Discourse: the vagaries of Muslim immigration in the West’ in S. Poynting and G. Morgan (eds.) Global Islamophobia: Muslims and Moral Panic in the West, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.
- K. Grewal (2011) '"The Natives Strike Back" – L’Appel des Indigènes de la République and the Death of Republican values in Postcolonial France' , chapter in Pratt, Murray, MacCormack, Jo & Rolls, Alistair (eds.) Variations on the Hexagon, Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York.
- K. Grewal (2007) ‘"The Threat from Within": Representations of the Banlieue in French Popular Discourse' in Europe: New Voices, New Perspectives, Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne, e-book.
- Amnesty International (2008) “Serbia (Kosovo): The Challenge to Fix a Failed UN Justice Mission” Doc. Ref. EUR70/001/2008, 29 January 2008
- K. Grewal and R. Richman Cohen (2006) Gender Competency Training Manual, Defence Office of the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone
Conference Papers/ Presentations/Public Forums
- K. Grewal, “Traditional Religious Practices and Challenges they face in Contemporary Society”, Third Eye, 27 May 2012 available at http://thirdeye2005.blogspot.com/2012/05/traditional-religious-practices-and.html
- K. Grewal, “Animal Sacrifice, Cultural Rights: Comments on 16th September 2012 Discussion, Batticaloa”, Third Eye, 12 October 2012 available at http://thirdeye2005.blogspot.com/2012/10/animal-sacrifice-cultural-rights.html
- K. Grewal (2012) 'Prosecuting Rape in the ICC: Towards ‘Gender Justice’ or creating new binaries?', paper presented at Justice for All? The International Criminal Court - A Conference: A Ten Year Review, University of New South Wales, Australia, 13-15 February 2012
- Kiran Grewal (2011) ‘Les indigènes de la République: Postcolonial Studies à la française’ paper presented at the European Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Istanbul 26-30 April 2011
- Kiran Grewal (2011) ‘Transitional Justice and the Women’s Rights as Human Rights Campaign’ paper presented at Workshop on Transitional Justice, University of Sydney, 25 February 2011
- Kiran Grewal (2010) 'What does Justice mean to the Women of the DRC?', Public forum, University of Sydney, 14 September 2010
- Kiran Grewal (2010) 'Crimes of War, Crimes of Peace: Sexual Violence, 'Women's Rights as Human Rights' and the Criminal Justice System' paper presented at the Annual British Society of Criminology Conference, 'Human Rights, Human Wrongs', University of Leicester, UK, 12-14 July 2010
- Kiran Grewal (2010) 'The "Native" versus the "Alien": Discourses of Belonging and the Reinforcement of White Australian Hegemony' paper presented at 'Settler Colonialism and the Colour Line: A Topicality?' Roundtable, University of Technology, Sydney, 3 May 2010
- Kiran Grewal (2010) 'International Humanitarianism and the Discourse of. "Ethnic Conflict": The Case of Kosovo' paper presented at 'Transcultural Mappings: Emerging Issues in Comparative, Transnational and Area Studies' Conference, University of Sydney, 9-11 April 2010
- K. Grewal (2009) "‘Women’s Rights as Human Rights’ or ‘Women’s Rights versus Human Rights’: Ayaan Hirsi Ali & the Problem of Translation" presented at the annual Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Brisbane, December 2009
- K. Grewal (2009) "Rape as a Crime against Humanity versus ‘Normal’ Rape: Lost in Translation? The Relationship between International and National Criminal Prosecutions"presented at the annual Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Brisbane, December 2009
- K. Grewal (2008) “Using criminal prosecutions to further women’s human rights: some observations from the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone” presented at the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Sydney, December 2008
- K. Grewal (2008) “International Criminal Law and the Establishment of World Order” presented at the Annual New South Wales Legal Studies Association Conference, Sydney, March 2008.
- J. Arvanitakis, K. Grewal and D. Wadiwel (2007) “Racists Like Us” presented at the Annual Australasian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Conference, Sydney, December 2007.
- K. Grewal (2007) “The ‘Natives strike Back’: The appel des féministes indigènes and the Death of ‘Republican Values’ in Postcolonial France” presented at the Annual Australian French Studies Conference, Sydney, July 2007.