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Ruth Adler

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Law

Off-Campus

Dr Ruth Adler is a former senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Ruth served as Australian Ambassador to Ireland (2013-2016) and Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam (2006-2009), with earlier postings as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Mexico City (1998-2000) and Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy, Manila (1991-1994). Between 2009 and 2011, Ruth was Assistant Secretary of DFAT’s Environment Branch. In this role, she advised ministers on climate and environment issues, sustainable development and the future of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). She was also Australia’s lead negotiator for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. She is also an independent consultant and Non-Executive Director.

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Biography

Ruth holds a PhD in Latin American politics and history from La Trobe University (1993), a Graduate Certificate of Law (International Law) from the Australian National University (2018), a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of New South Wales (1983). She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is fluent in Spanish.

Ruth commenced her PhD candidature in the Faculty of Law in June 2019. Her research interests include international climate and environment law, climate finance, international relations and foreign and trade policy.

Thesis

‘Finance in the Paris Agreement climate regime: governance, legitimacy and prospects for justice’

A key determinant of the effectiveness or otherwise of the Paris Agreement, concluded in 2015, will be the issue of finance. The aim of the Paris Agreement, as stated in Article 2, is to ‘strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change’, including by holding ‘the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels’ and increasing ‘the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change’. This is to be achieved by making ‘finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development’. The thesis will consider the issue of climate finance in the Paris outcome and the international climate regime post 2015 from a legitimacy and justice perspective.

Supervisors

  • Dr Peter Lawrence
  • Professor Jan McDonald

Chapters in books

Adler, Ruth, 'Worker Participation in the Administration of the Petroleum Industry 1938-1940' in Jonathon C. Brown and Alan Knight (eds), The Mexican Petroleum Industry in the Twentieth Century (University of Texas Press, 1992) 129

Journal articles

Adler, Ruth, 'La administración obrera en los Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México' (1988) 3 Revista Mexicana de Sociología 97 [‘The Workers' Administration of the National Railways of Mexico' (1988) 3 Mexican Review of Sociology 97]

Adler, Ruth, ‘La lucha por la administración obrera: el caso de los Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México' (1988) 165 Economía Informa 33 [‘The struggle for worker control: the case of the National Railways of Mexico (1988) 165 Economy Informs 33]

Adler, Ruth, ‘La experiencia de la gestión sindical en la industria petrolera nacionalizada’ in X Jornadas de Historia de Occidente: Recursos Naturales y Soberanía, I y 2 de octubre de 1987 (Centro de estudios de la revolución mexicana Lázaro Cárdenas, Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico, 1988) 211[‘The experience of union administration of the nationalized oil industry’ in Tenth Congress of the History of the West: Natural Resources and Sovereignty, 1-2 October 1987 (Lázaro Cárdenas Centre for the Study of the Mexican Revolution, Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico, 1988) 211]

Other publications

Adler, Ruth, ‘Mexico: Iguala’s dark night still casts a long shadow’, Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs, 12 September 2019

Adler, Ruth, 'Brexit uncertainties fuel speculation on Irish unification referendum’, John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations, 15 February 2019

Adler, Ruth, ‘Brexit: British people vote with their feet’, The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, 18 January 2019

Adler, Ruth, ‘Same-sex marriage:  What Ireland’s yes vote shows Australia’, The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, 17 November 2017

Adler, Ruth, ‘Trump repealism rolls back Obama’s Cuba reforms', Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs, 6 July 2017

Adler, Ruth, ‘Prioritising our foreign engagement goals', The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, 2 March 2017

Adler,  Ruth, ‘Trump's Wall Stirs Mexican Nationalism', Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs, 22 February 2017

Adler, Ruth, ‘Little joy for Ireland in May's Brexit plan', The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, 2 February 2017

Adler, Ruth, ‘Trump inauguration: Mexico prepares for the 'upcoming war'', The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, 18 January 2017

Adler, Ruth, ‘Brazilians’ in James Jupp (ed), The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2001) 187

Adler, Ruth, ‘Colombians’ in James Jupp (ed), The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2001) 226

Adler, Ruth, ‘Ecuadorans’ in James Jupp (ed), The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2001) 273

Adler, Ruth, ‘Peruvians’ in James Jupp (ed.), The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2001) 619

Adler, Ruth, ‘Salvadorans’ in James Jupp (ed), The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins, (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2001) 642

Adler, Ruth, ‘The Victorian Residential Tenancies Tribunal: In whose interest?’ (1989) 14 (5) Legal Service Bulletin 209

Other

Adler, Ruth, Experiments in Worker Participation in the Administration of Industry in Mexico during the Presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas (PhD thesis, La Trobe University, 1992)