Researcher biography

Dr Melinda Rankin is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland. Prior to this, she was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland; Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Constitutionalism, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB Social Science Centre Berlin); and Lecturer at The University of Sydney.

Rankin is author of 'De facto International Prosecutors in a Global Era: With My Own Eyes,' Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

Rankin's research focuses on international criminal justice, human rights, political violence, practice, and innovation. Her current research project explores practices and innovations in international criminal law, including the Commission of International Justice and Accountability (CIJA); and the work of the German Public Prosecutor General's Office and the evolution of German universal jurisdiction; amongst others. Her project proposes two theoretical frameworks: first, to conceptulise the role of de facto international prosecutors in the broader system of international cirminal law; and second, to explain how de facto international prosecutors conceptualise international criminal law.

Rankin has published a range of policy articles for Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin; the Center for Global Constitutionalism at WZB, Berlin; and Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney.

In 2018, she received the Berlin Fellowship award, and more recently provided comment for media on SBS World News on Iran and US relations.

Rankin is a Member of the International Society of Public Law, New York; European International Studies Association (EISA); British International Studies Association (BISA); and International Studies Association (ISA). She is also an Associate at Sydney Democracy Network (The University of Sydney).

Her first book is titled 'The Political Life of Mary Kaldor: Ideas and Action in International Relations' (London and Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishing, 2017). The book explored Kaldor's relationship between ideas and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. It also reflected upon how and why she coined the terms 'New Wars and 'Cosmopolitan Law Enforcement'.

Prior to her academic career, Dr Rankin worked in projects, business operations, data governance, policy and strategy for groups such as JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of New York (London); and MLC and Genworth (Sydney).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Single Authored Books

Rankin, Melinda (forthcoming), De facto International Prosecutors in a Global Era: With My Own Eyes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rankin, Melinda (2017), The Political Life of Mary Kaldor: Ideas and Action in International Relations, London and Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishing.

Refereed Journal Articles

Rankin, Melinda (2019) 'The 'responsibility to prosecute' core international crimes: German universal jurisdiction and suspected atrocities committed by the Syrian government.' Global Responsibility to Protect, 11 (4): 394-410.

Rankin, Melinda (2018) 'The future of international criminal evidence in New Wars: The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA).' Journal of Genocide Research 20(3): 392-411.

Rankin, Melinda (2017) 'Investigating crimes against humanity in Syria and Iraq: The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA).' Global Responsibility to Protect 9 (4): 395-421.

Essays and Commentary Journal Articles

Hale, Kip and Rankin, Melinda (2019) 'ICC's Decision on Myanmar: Extending the 'system' of ICL.' Australian Journal of International Affairs 71 (3): 22-28.

Rankin, Melinda (2018) 'Australia's responsibility to prosecute? Bridging the international criminal law gap in Syria and Iraq.' Australian Journal of International Affairs 72 (4): 322-328.

Policy Articles

Rankin, Melinda, (2019) 'The looming international law paradox between the US and Iran', The Interpreter, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, 13 May.

Rankin, Melinda, (2019) 'Responsibility to Prosecute? The Case of German Universal Jurisdiction, CIJA, and the Arrest of Syrian Perpetrators.' LawLog, Center for Global Constitutionalism, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB (Social Science Centre Berlin), Berlin. 13 March.

Rankin, Melinda, (2018) 'A road map for Germany: Negotiating a path to accountability with Assad.' PeaceLab, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin, 19 December.

Rankin, Melinda, (2018) 'Jamal Khashoggi: Shifting law in a deadly turf war.' The Interpreter, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, 29 October.

Rankin, Melinda, (2018) 'To Russia: A Plea of Caution on Syria.' The Interpreter, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, 5 March.

Rankin, Melinda, (2018) 'Australia's Responsibility to Prosecute in Syria and Iraq,' Australian Outlook, Australian Institute for International Affairs, Sydney, 19 February.