Yvette Selim is a Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance. She has a background in law, conflict resolution, bioethics and medical science.
She has worked for various organisations including the International Development Law Organization (Sri Lanka), the Australian Human Rights Centre (Australia), the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (US), Baker & McKenzie (Australia and Thailand), The Asia Foundation (Philippines) and the Centre for International Cooperation and Security (UK). She was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and the Australian National University.
Yvette has a proven track-record of carrying out research which is practice- and policy-oriented. She has expertise in qualitative research methods and data analysis. She has strong ability to establish relationships with practitioners, researchers and personnel from national, regional and international organisations. In addition to her extensive field work in Nepal, she has also conducted research on the worst forms of child labour, children’s rights, economic livelihoods, gender-based violence and the peace negotiations in the Philippines, Sudan and Sri Lanka.
Yvette completed her doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales where she lectured in a range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including development studies, international relations, social science and qualitative research methods. She has a range of publications and she is a reviewer for a number of high ranking international journals.
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Selim, Y 2018, Transitional justice in Nepal: interests, victims and agency.
Selim, Y 2018, 'Contestation and resistance: the politics of andaround transitional justice in Nepal', Conflict, Security and Development, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 39-60.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The shift to adopting holistic approaches in transitional justice indicates an intention to pay (greater) attention to politics in transitional justice. However, transitional justice actors frequently encounter difficulties in doing so, misread politics and misconstrue where to locate it in post-conflict contexts. Using research from Nepal I argue that there is considerable political activity taking place that challenges transitional justice on multiple scales. This research demonstrates that actors frequently seek to advance their interests and make claims utilising the process, institutions and language of transitional justice. In particular, I draw upon resistance literature and contentious politics literature to elucidate the complex relationships and interactions at the local and national level, which are often omitted from discussions about transitional justice in Nepal. Accordingly, I argue it is more useful to consider actors' actions in relation to transitional justice on a continuum where there is co-option, resistance, contestation and compliance with a wide range of variation within each.
The transitional justice (TJ) agenda in Nepal has been largely circumscribed by TJ experts, brokers and implementers. While participation provides avenues for victims, among others, to be involved in TJ processes, many actors, including victims, will engage in participatory activities according to their own interests. Yet, we must ask, who are considered victims? Who determines whether someone is a victim and what implications, if any, does this determination have and what do victims want? This article examines the 'victim' label in Nepal. I argue that victimhood is often connected with state support. I also argue that the way TJ scholars and practitioners identify victims, based on the harm caused, does not always align with the way community members perceive victimhood, which is often based on suffering.
Selim, Y 2017, 'The Opportunities and Challenges of Participation in Transitional Justice: Examples from Nepal', Journal of International Development, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 1123-1148.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Transitional justice (TJ) has developed in relative isolation from development discourse. However, in recent years, a growing number of academics, practitioners and policy makers have advocated for the adaptation of participatory methods from development studies to TJ. This article critically analyses the opportunities and challenges of implementing participation in TJ. I argue that participation can provide avenues for the voices of victims and other stakeholders to be heard, albeit not without significant challenges. I also argue that there should be increased focus to carry out participatory attempts where victims and affected community members are partners and decision makers; this just might be a starting point to ensure that TJ is indeed victim-centric. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Selim, Y 2013, 'Opportunities and challenges of participation in transitional justice in Nepal', Development Bulletin, pp. 31-31.
Ryan, R & Selim, Y 2018, 'Livable Sydney: Livable for Whom?' in Caves, R & Wagner, F (eds), Livable Cities from a Global Perspective, Taylor & Francis/Routledge, New York, pp. 111-126.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Selim, Y 2016, 'Nepal' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Selim, Y & Carlton, S 2016, 'Human Rights' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Carlton, S & Selim, Y 2016, 'Human Rights Watch' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Smith, J & Selim, Y 2016, 'Women and Peacekeeping' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Selim, Y & Smith, J 2016, 'Postwar Reconciliation Phase' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Selim, Y & Carlton, S 2016, 'Secretary-General of the United Nations' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Selim, Y & Carlton, S 2016, 'Security Council' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Selim, Y & Smith, J 2016, 'Sierra Leone' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Sage.
Selim, Y 2014, 'Private Military Companies in Africa' in Handbook of Africa's International Relations, Routledge International.
Selim, Y 2015, 'Mourning the deaths of 'the painter and the pastor''.
Selim, Y 2014, 'Parts of a Whole', Kathmandu Post.
Selim, Y 2013, 'Participation of victims in Nepal's Transitional Justice process', Insight on Conflict.
Selim, Y 2012, 'Transitions: creating space to address injustice after conflict or political turmoil', Opendemocracy.