Protest movements


16 Apr 2019

This report documents attacks and other forms of intimidation experienced by activists campaigning against mining activities in their communities. It covers activities in four provinces between 2013 and 2018.


6 Feb 2018

The current demonstrations in Iran could prove to be a watershed in the Islamic Revolution. The theocrats have been shocked by the demands from the demonstrators calling for their removal. Given the deep currents of dislike for the theocracy among many ordinary Iranians, it is...

Briefing paper

6 Nov 2017

This e-brief discusses the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania and its implications for protest law in NSW.


26 Oct 2017

Tony Blackshield looks at what the High Court’s recent decision in the Lapoinya Forest case can tell us about its evolving attitude to free speech?

Journal article

17 Mar 2017

Drawing from in-depth interviews and existing literature on Kenyan constitutional reform struggles, this paper illustrates how alliances between the different identities and movements were forged to allow for a common struggle.



17 Mar 2017

Sally McManus, the new secretary of the ACTU, has copped a caning for asserting on ABC TV’s 7.30 that it is legitimate to break the law in some circumstances. The example she gave was of trade unionists laying down tools at an unsafe worksite, and...

Journal article

17 Mar 2017

This paper examines the cultural context of social movements involving these youth activists. It mainly studied the campaign against the Sino-Hong Kong Express Railway development project.

Working paper

4 Dec 2015

Having spent the last five years studying the organization and aesthetics of citizen protest against oppressive power structures in the Middle East and Africa, we find ourselves in agreement with the description of the protests as “staged.” But the criticism of such staging reflects a...



22 Nov 2015

Even before the Paris terrorist attacks, far-right groups in Europe were capitalising on anti-Muslim sentiment. In Australia there's been a surge in support for extremist organisations like the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia. Christine El-Khoury asks how far their hate will go.


Discussion paper

27 Aug 2015

During January and February of 2011 the political activity that took place in Egypt was celebrated and heralded as a positive move towards democracy and social justice. This optimism was heartfelt and as the Mubarak Regime collapsed we (Egyptian citizens) were convinced that Egypt was...


19 Aug 2015

Activists and environmentalists take note. In this special essay, Dr Lissa Johnson explains how to make people give a damn.

The Federal Court decision to set aside environmental approval for Adani’s Charmichael mega-mine has been hailed as ‘a great example of democracy in action’....


23 Jun 2015

This paper examines the laws that apply to protests in NSW, showing that it is the common law right to assembly that provides the legal basis of what is commonly called the right to protest.


The right to protest peacefully is...

Book review

13 Feb 2015

Managing public protest has become an important feature of the neoliberal strategy. Reducing the capacity of unions and protest movements to organise and demonstrate, expanding police powers and increasing the authority of technocrats to manage the economy are all part of the repertoire. Ironically, neoliberals...


14 Dec 2014

Takes a look back on the past 12 months of Australian and global politics.


We take a look back on the past 12 months and discover;

There's a booming protest culture in Australia with almost as many people taking to...

Journal article

14 Nov 2014

This article traces the emergence of home security systems within the context of housing desegregation and suburbanization in post-war America. It aims to analyse the physical materiality of home security systems within the context of racialized material inequality, drawing on advertisements and newspaper articles at...



26 Oct 2011

The Arab Spring was a civil uprising mainly of Arab youths in Tunisia and Egypt which commenced in December 2010 and January 2011 respectively. Later, similar rebellions followed in Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.

When the revolutionary protests broke out in Egypt, I was...



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