Cecilia Jacob (@CeciliaJacob_IR) is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at Australian National University. Her work focuses on civilian protection, mass atrocity prevention, and international human protection norms. She is currently completing a three-year Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellowship from the Australian Research Council to study UN human protection practices. Her project, “United Nations Peace and Security Reform for Human Protection,” investigates how reform of the United Nations peace and security architecture is adapting to shifts in global power and the changing international order.
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 in Cambodia and Myanmar (Routledge, 2014), Civilian Protection in the Twenty-First Century: Governance and Responsibility in a Fragmented World (co-edited, Oxford University Press, 2016) and Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: A Future Agenda (co-edited, Routledge, 2019).
Cecilia is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Global Responsibility to Protect. She is also co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Regional Grouping of GAAMAC (Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes). In 2022, Cecilia was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at the University of Oxford. In 2018, Cecilia was visiting fellow at the Ralph Bunch Institute, City University of New York.
Prior to completing her PhD, Cecilia worked for NGOs in France, Thailand and Cambodia, and for the Advisory Group for the Australian government’s aid program. She is also on LinkedIn.