Mr Kevin Chang

JD, MA, GradDipIntLaw (Sydney)LLM, GradDipLegPrac (ANU)BSc (Monash)Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the ACT


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Biographical details

Kevin Chang is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, and a specialist in international law, human rights, conflict mediation, peacebuilding and the United Nations. Currently a Senior Political Affairs Officer at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations based in South Sudan (UNMISS), Kevin is an admitted Legal Practitioner and has over fifteen years of professional experience across the UN, the Australian Government and in academia.
Prior to his current role, Kevin worked for various parts of the UN system from 2006-2012 supporting democratic transition in post-conflict states. He served as Chief Technical Advisor for security sector reform in the UN peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), and was Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal, supporting implementation of Nepal’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Prior to Nepal, Kevin was based at UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva as its global knowledge management facilitator. His first UN role was in Pakistan as Public Information Officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Kevin has also served as an Australian Government official in various capacities, most recently as Senior Legal Officer / Director a.i. in human rights policy at the Attorney-General's Department in Canberra. He was previously a Conciliator for the Australian Human Rights Commission, and a Policy Advisor for the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination. He started his career as a junior advisor for the Government of Fiji, supporting national reconciliation after the coup d’état of 2000.

Kevin holds doctoral and master’s degrees in law, legal practice and conflict resolution, and is a graduate of the Department’s peace and conflict studies programme. He is an experienced practitioner and trainer on conflict analysis and application of conflict-sensitive approaches and human rights due diligence in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding activities.

Research interests

  • Legal and ethical accountability of international organisations
  • Aid effectiveness and conflict sensitivity in fragile and transitional contexts
  • The United Nations’ role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding

Teaching and supervision

  • PACS6934 Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice
  • PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
  • PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Chang, K. (2008). After the Storm of 2000: Fiji's Troubled Path Toward Justice and Reconciliation. In Wilmar Salim and Kiran Sagoo (Eds.), Sustaining a Resilient Asia Pacific Community. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Chang, K. (2016). When Do-Gooders Do Harm: Accountability of the United Nations toward Third Parties in Peace Operations. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 20(1-2), 86-110. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Chang, K. (2015). Legal and Ethnical Accountability in United Nations Peace Operations. Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Wellington, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.
  • Chang, K. (2013). Security Sector Reform: Experience of UNMIT in Timor-Leste. Security Sector Reform Roundtable, Tokyo, Japan: Hosei University.
  • Chang, K. (2008). Knowledge Management for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. United Nations Peacebuilding Community of Practice Workshop, Hiroshima, Japan: United Nations Peacebuilding Community of Practice Workshop.
  • Chang, K. (2006). Justice at the Heart of Reconciliation in Fiji: Historical Legacies, Cycles of Impunity and Multicultural Accommodation. Sustaining a Resilient Asia Pacific Community: Issues and Solutions, Hawaii: East West Centre.
  • Chang, K. (2005). Fiji's National Reconciliation Process. Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict: Fiji National Consultation, Suva, Fiji: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.
  • Chang, K. (2004). The Challenges of Reconciliation: Lessons from Fiji's Post-Coup Political Dilemma. PeaceWrites, No. 2004-02, Sydney: Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • Chang, K. (2004). The Politics of Reconciliation: Analysing Fiji's Quest for National Unity. Securing a Peaceful Pacific, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

2016

  • Chang, K. (2016). When Do-Gooders Do Harm: Accountability of the United Nations toward Third Parties in Peace Operations. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 20(1-2), 86-110. [More Information]

2015

  • Chang, K. (2015). Legal and Ethnical Accountability in United Nations Peace Operations. Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Wellington, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

2013

  • Chang, K. (2013). Security Sector Reform: Experience of UNMIT in Timor-Leste. Security Sector Reform Roundtable, Tokyo, Japan: Hosei University.

2008

  • Chang, K. (2008). After the Storm of 2000: Fiji's Troubled Path Toward Justice and Reconciliation. In Wilmar Salim and Kiran Sagoo (Eds.), Sustaining a Resilient Asia Pacific Community. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Chang, K. (2008). Knowledge Management for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. United Nations Peacebuilding Community of Practice Workshop, Hiroshima, Japan: United Nations Peacebuilding Community of Practice Workshop.

2006

  • Chang, K. (2006). Justice at the Heart of Reconciliation in Fiji: Historical Legacies, Cycles of Impunity and Multicultural Accommodation. Sustaining a Resilient Asia Pacific Community: Issues and Solutions, Hawaii: East West Centre.

2005

  • Chang, K. (2005). Fiji's National Reconciliation Process. Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict: Fiji National Consultation, Suva, Fiji: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

2004

  • Chang, K. (2004). The Challenges of Reconciliation: Lessons from Fiji's Post-Coup Political Dilemma. PeaceWrites, No. 2004-02, Sydney: Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • Chang, K. (2004). The Politics of Reconciliation: Analysing Fiji's Quest for National Unity. Securing a Peaceful Pacific, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

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