Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek
Research Associate

Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek

PhD, Australian National University

Masters in Human Rights Practice (Erasmus Mundus), Roehampton University (UK); Gothenburg University (Sweden); Tromso University (Norway)

Masters in Public Administration, International Christian University (Japan)

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Law & Justice
Sch of Global&Public Law

Jayson is an interdisciplinary human rights scholar studying rights in their legal, political, international and historical contexts. Jayson has studied the advancement of human rights in extremely challenging contexts, including counterterrorism, irregular migration, and the War on Drugs in the Philippines. Most recently, he engages issues related to science and technology and material inequality. He is Research Associate on the 'Data Science in Humanitarianism: Confronting Novel Law and Policy Challenges' project. 

Jayson's monograph Human Rights-Compliant Counterterrorism: Myth-making and Reality in the Philippines and Indonesia (Cambridge University Press, 2019) critically assesses the intersection of human rights law with counterterrorism. It contributes case studies of state violence, social movement activism and law reform in the Philippines and Indonesia to examine the impact of the language of international human rights on counterterrorism practice on the ground. His articles appear in the Australian Journal of Human Rights, Asian Studies Review and International Criminal Law Review. He contributed chapters to Criminal Legalities in the Global South (Routledge, 2020) and the Duterte Reader (Cornell University Press, 2017).

His most current interests revolve around revitalising Third World movement-inspired international law principles with radical redistributive intent, particularly the right to benefit from scientific progress. He is investigating potential benefit-sharing in Big Data, and in relating the same to developments in medicine, food production, and mining in the deep sea and outer space. A preview of his work on this topic appears in “The right to benefit from Big Data progress: another argument for Universal Basic Income,” June 2020, Voelkerrechtsblog.org, https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/the-right-to-benefitfrom-big-data-progress/.

Jayson has a background as a practitioner, having been a lawyer and advocate for non-government organizations in the Philippines, including the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC), for more than seven years. He was Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines-Manila. Jayson was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore from 2017-2019 and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law from 2019-2021. He completed his PhD at the ANU as an Endeavour scholar. He was also a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship (European Commission) and the Monbukagakusho scholarship (Japan).


Room 345, Law Building


  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek
    Lamchek J, 2020, 'Arresting a due process revolution: the reform of Indonesia's code of criminal procedure and the persistence of history', in Ciocchini P; Radics G (ed.), Criminal Legalities in the Global South: Cultural Dynamics, Political Tensions, and Institutional Practices, Routledge, Oxon and New York, pp. 166 - 181, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9780429459764/criminal-legalities-global-south-pablo-ciocchini-george-radics
    Books | 2018
    Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek
    Lamchek JS, 2018, Human Rights-Compliant Counterterrorism Myth-making and Reality in the Philippines and Indonesia, Cambridge University Press
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek
    Lamchek J, 2017, 'A Mandate for Mass Killings?: Public Support for Duterte's War on Drugs', in Curato N (ed.), A Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency, Cornell University Press, Manila and New York, pp. 199 - 218
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek
    Lamchek JS; Sanchez EM, 2021, 'Friends and Foes: Human Rights, the Philippine Left and Duterte, 2016–2017', Asian Studies Review, vol. 45, pp. 28 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2020.1828273
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek
    Lamchek J; Radics G, 2021, 'Dealing with the Past or Moving Forward? Transitional Justice, the Bangsamoro Peace Agreement and Federalism in the Philippines', International Criminal Law Review, vol. 20
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Jayson Sara Lamchek
    Lamchek JS, 2013, 'Exercising rights into existence: new human rights strategies by Third World peoples', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 19, pp. 175 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323-238x.2013.11882122