Danielle Celermajer is a senior lecturer and director of the Asia Pacific Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation at the University of Sydney. She attended Columbia University as a Fulbright scholar where she completed her PhD summa cum laudae in political science. She was previously the director of indigenous policy at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Dr. Celermajer’s areas of research are human rights, transitional justice, historical memory, and the interface between religion and politics. Her book, Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology was released by Cambridge University Press in May, 2009.
As a visiting scholar, Dr. Celermajer prepared a draft curriculum for the Asia Pacific Master of Human Rights and Democratisation, a European Union-funded cooperative program involving four other universities in the region. The major objectives of the program are to develop the capacity of activists in the Asia Pacific region, to support them in building stronger and more effective human rights institutions, and to build the capacity of universities in the region to effectively teach and research human rights issues. The curriculum she prepared will be implemented in 2010.