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Dr Susan Harris Rimmer

Director of Studies at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University
Susan Harris Rimmer

Dr Susan Harris Rimmer (BA[Hons]/LLB[Hons] UQ, SJD ANU) is the Director of Studies at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. The APCD is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. It is an educational hub for those seeking or advancing careers in such areas as foreign ministries, multilateral organisations, policy-making positions in the public service or international journalism. She is also a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School.

Susan is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of Timor Leste (Routledge, 2010) and many other refereed publications. Susan was chosen as the winner of the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women for 2006. She is a frequent contributor to the public press and called upon for commentary.
Sue was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award in 2002, selected as participant in the 2020 Summit 2008 by Prime Minister Rudd, and awarded the Future Summit Leadership Award, 2008, by the Australian Davos Connection (part of the World Economic Forum).

Sue was previously the Manager of Advocacy and Development Practice at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak body for Australian development non-governmental organisations. Susan helped to consolidate ACFID's University Network and remains on the Steering Committee.  She has also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.

She has been a board member of UN Women National Committee Australia and has previously been president of the voluntary non-governmental organisation Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and remains a member of the National Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Academics Stand Against Poverty (Australasia), and in October was appointed to the national board of the Refugee Council of Australia.