Etone Damian

Etone Damian

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions


My research examines African states’ engagement with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, at the completion of the first two cycles in 2016. Drawing from a number of inter-disciplinary sources, this thesis seeks to introduce an original conceptual and theoretical framework to evaluate state engagement with the UPR mechanism. I seek to achieve this by developing a five-step approach to measuring the ‘effectiveness’ of state engagement; examining the potential for the UPR to influence human rights changes through the process of acculturation; evaluating the impact of regionalism, cultural relativism and ritualism on the UPR engagement states; and underscoring the role of NGOs/Civil Society Organisations in enhancing the UPR engagement of States.

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  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2012 - 2014 Bangor University United Kingdom LLM (Distinction)
    2008 - 2011 University of Buea Cameroon LLB
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2017 Etone, D. (2017). The Effectiveness of South Africa's Engagement with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Potential for Ritualism?. South African Journal of Human Rights, 33(2), 258-285.
    DOI
    2016 ., E. (2016). The Prospects and Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of a Regional Truth-Seeking Mechanism in the West Balkans. The International Journal of Conflict and Reconciliation, 2(2), 1-43.

Beacon of Enlightenment Scholarship 2014-2017

Associate Law Teacher (Foundations of Law and International Law) - 2015-2016


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