Cecilia Jacob

  • Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University


Cecilia’s work focuses on civilian protection, mass atrocity prevention, and international human protection norms. Cecilia has a geographic focus on armed conflict and political violence in South and Southeast Asia, and has conducted extensive overseas field research. Her books include Child Security in Asia: The Impact of Armed Conflict and Cambodia and Myanmar (Routledge, 2014) and (edited with Alistair D. B. Cook) Civilian Protection in the Twenty-First Century: Governance and Responsibility in a Fragmented World (Oxford University Press, 2016). Her research has been published in journals such as Security Dialogue, Global Governance, and Global Responsibility to Protect. Prior to completing her PhD, Cecilia worked for NGOs in France, Thailand and Cambodia, and for the Advisory Group in AusAID, Australia. 

Academic biography


Research topics

Current issues that I am working on:

  1. How the peace and security architecture of the United Nations is adapting to shifts in global power and the changing international order. It examines how these are in turn shaping the organisation’s human protection practices in local conflicts
  2. Efforts to design accountability mechanisms with the purpose of strengthening the ability of the international community to both prevent mass atrocities and to hold perpetrators to account

Contributions to GlobalFacultyInitiative.net

Flourishing / Social Sciences (Preview Response)
Discipline(s): Social Sciences
Theology: Flourishing

Atrocities, Accountability and Reconciliation: The Pursuit of Justice in International Relations (Disciplinary Brief)
Discipline(s): Social Sciences
Theology: Justice