The US elections and their implications for Australian-US ties

Presented by ANU College of Law

NOTE: This event has been brought up to 12pm on Thursday 5 November 2020.

The 2020 US elections, scheduled for November 3, pose major consequences for the US and by extension its allies. Encompassing the Presidency, a third of the Senate, and the House of Representatives, the elections have the potential to either reinforce Trump's transformation of America or alter the country's trajectory in a new direction.

This webinar will offer a timely analysis of the election results, with a focus on the potential domestic and foreign policy outcomes and their attendant implications for Australia.


Professor Alison Renteln

Alison Renteln is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California and ANU Vice-Chancellor's Visiting Fellow on Australian and the World in 2019. She teaches Law and Public Policy with an emphasis on comparative and international law. For decades she has taught judges, lawyers, court interpreters, jury consultants, and police officers at meetings of the American Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, North American South Asian Bar Association, and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Renteln has collaborated with the UN on the drafting and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, lectured on comparative legal ethics in Bangkok and Manila at ABA-sponsored conferences, and served on civil rights commissions and a California committee of Human Rights Watch. Her publications include The Cultural Defense (Oxford, 2004), Folk Law (University of Wisconsin, 1995), Multicultural Jurisprudence (Hart, 2009), Cultural Law (Cambridge, 2010), Global Bioethics and Human Rights (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Images and Human Rights (Cambridge Scholars 2018), Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and Its Paradoxes (Routledge, 2018), and numerous articles.

Associate Professor Cher Weixia Chen

Cher Weixia Chen is an Associate Professor in the School of Integrative Studies and a Research Fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University. She teaches courses in the International Studies, Legal Studies, and Social Justice and Human Rights concentrations.

Dr. Chen's scholarship focuses on the issues of human rights (particularly the rights of marginalized groups such as women's rights and indigenous rights) and international and comparative legal studies.

Associate Professor Christopher Roberts

Christopher N.J. Roberts is an Associate Professor of law and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota Law School. He brings an interdisciplinary law, sociology, and public policy perspective to human rights, international law, and legal history.

Roberts holds a JD from the University of Southern California and a PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan, where he received the Distinguished Dissertation Award. He was a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, in 2008-10.

Professor Roberts' research interests include human rights, citizenship, tort law, international law, legal history, legal and social theory, law and society, and the process of legal concept formation.

Professor Zoe Robinson

Zoe Robinson is a Professor of Political Science at ANU. She also holds a position as Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Her research traverses constitutional law and politics, the politics of rights, as well as judicial behaviour and has been cited in leading media outlets including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, CNN, and Slate.

Zoe is currently undertaking a large scale quantitative study of judicial decision-making on the High Court of Australia. She holds a JSD and JD (High Honours) from the University of Chicago, an LLB (First Class Honours and University Medal), and BA from ANU, and a BMus from Griffith University.

Dr Shawn Treier

Shawn Treier is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at The Australian National University and a visiting scholar at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Previously, he has been an assistant professor at University of Georgia and the University of Minnesota, and lecturer at the University of Virginia. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University in 2011-2012. His work has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Public Opinion Quarterly and elsewhere. He is also the co-author, with Jeremy C. Pope, of the forthcoming book Founding Factions: How Majorities Shifted and Aligned to Shape the US Constitution.

Dr Jonathan Liljeblad (moderator)

Jonathan Liljeblad is a Senior Lecturer at ANU College of Law. He received a PhD and JD from the University of Southern California (USC), an MS from the University of Washington (UW), and a BS from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His research largely focuses on rule-of-law, with case studies from human rights and environmental issues. His fieldwork is mostly in Myanmar. Generally, his research falls within the fields of international law, rule-of-law, human rights, environmental law, law & development, and law & society. Due to the empirical nature of his research, his work connects academia, government, and civil society; seeks interdisciplinary, transboundary, and cross-cultural collaborations; and endeavors to nurture direct impact upon policy-makers and societal leaders. He was born in Myanmar, but grew up in Sweden and the United States. He received an Endeavour Research Grant (2018) and was a Fulbright Scholar (2014-2015). He currently is working on projects supported by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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