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Dr Jamal Barnes

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6560, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML18.224F
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6560
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML18.224F  


Jamal is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Edith Cowan Centre for Global Issues, situated within the School of Arts and Humanities.


Jamal Barnes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Issues, School of Arts and Humanities, at Edith Cowan University. After completing his PhD in 2014, Jamal lectured at the University of Notre Dame, Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame. Jamal’s research interests focus on international relations normative theory, human rights and international security. He has a particular interest in the issue of torture and has recently published a book, A Genealogy of the Torture Taboo (Routledge, 2017),which traces a history of the torture prohibition from the eighteenth century to the twenty first century.

Research ares and interests

International relations theory, torture, human rights, international security.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2014.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Murdoch University, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies, Murdoch University, 2009.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Murdoch University, 2009.


Recent Research Grants

  • Migrant and transnational identity-formation: German and Australian responses to migration and asylum seekers in the media and public discourse,  Edith Cowan University,  Australia-Germany JRC Scheme (UA-DAAD),  2018 - 2020,  $18,000.
  • Australian counter-terrorism cooperation with states that torture,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $13,700.
  • Digital Preservation and Documentation of Australia's Migrant Cultural Heritage,  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),  2018 - 2019,  $97,200.
  • International Collaboration with Swansea University in the Field of Cyberterrorism for Research Cooperation and Student Exchange,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme – 2017 Round 2,  2018 - 2019,  $8,395.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Barnes, J., (2017), A Genealogy of the Torture Taboo. Routledge Studies in Human Rights, 202, Oxon, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9781315269009.

Book Chapters

  • Barnes, J., Baldino, D., (2016), Foreign policy: old alliances, new problems and the retreat of soft power. From Abbott to Turnbull a new direction?: Australian Commonwealth Administration 2013-2016, 12(15), 173-195, West Geelong, Echo Books.

Journal Articles

  • Barnes, J., (2016), Black sites, 'extraordinary renditions' and the legitimacy of the torture taboo. International Politics, 53(2), 198-219, DOI: 10.1057/ip.2015.46.
  • Barnes, J., (2016), The 'war on terror' and the battle for the definition of torture. International relations, 30(1), 102-124, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0047117815587775.
  • Barnes, J., (2013), Making torture possible: the Sri Lankan conflict, 2006-2009. Journal of South Asian development, 8(3), 333-358, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0973174113504846.
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