A public international lawyer, Professor Triggs is -
Director of the Institute of Comparative
and International Law and has a chair in
law at the University of Melbourne
T. McCormack, M. Tilbury and G. Triggs, A Century of War and Peace: Asia-Pacific Perspectives on the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference, (2001) ;
G. Triggs, International Law and Australian Sovereignty in Antarctica, (1 ed, 1986).
On thinking about Professor Said’s complex and diverse life it struck me that his background and experiences had given him unique preparation for his role as an activist and academic. His sense of separateness, even marginality and exile, coupled with his strategy of non-alignment with religious, political and institutional groups, gave him the courage to adopt the unpopular view, to analyse issues with uncompromising rigour and to pursue an essentially secular approach to the Palestinian/ Israeli dispute. He became in these respects the very model of a modern public intellectual. I would like to consider these aspects of Said’s life and to reflect upon how his writings have a contemporary relevance for Australians.
Dr Yoshiko Nakano, Hong Kong University
Elliott S. Parker, Central Michigan University, USA
Dr Philip Robertson, Central Queensland University
Jim Tully, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr Stephen Stockwell, Griffith University
Philip Cass, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Steve Quinn, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
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