Ruji Auethavornpipat

Dr Ruji Auethavornpipat

Visiting Fellow


BA (Hons), MA (University of Victoria, Canada), PhD (ANU)

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Ruji Auethavornpipat is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. His research examines the contestation of migrant worker rights norms in Southeast Asia. In particular, it investigates the divergence of normative meaning and application in migrant worker protection. In doing so, his work contributes to the emerging critical norm scholarship in IR. His research interests also include human trafficking and migration governance.

Ruji is committed to delivering education of the highest quality. In 2019, he won the Excellence in Tutoring Award and his teaching excellence has been further recognised in several teaching award nominations (Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Supervision and Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Awards). His teaching covers both postgraduate and undergraduate courses such as World Politics and Introduction to International Relations. Ruji was also involved in delivering courses on International Relations in the Asia-Pacific and Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolutions.

At the height of migrant trafficking politicisation in Southeast Asia, Ruji took up the Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington, DC, in 2017 where he conducted research on ASEAN-US cooperation on human trafficking. This research was also supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK’s (ASEASUK) Research and Impact Award.

Ruji previously held visiting fellowships at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany; the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore; and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia.

Ruji holds both MA and BA (Honours) degrees from the University of Victoria, Canada.


Ruji teaches the graduate course International Organisation INTR8070 (Semester 2, 2020).

April 2021 - “Thailand’s weak reaction to the Myanmar coup”, East Asia Forum, available at…

November 2020 - “Thailand’s protests and preventing a ‘second 6 October’”, New Mandala, available at…

November 2017 - “2017: Southeast Asia’s Year in Review”, New Naratif (interview), available at

October 2017 - “ASEAN’s Anti-Trafficking Weapon Has Teeth, But Jury Out on Effectivity”, Reporting ASEAN (interview), available at…

Image: ILO/Sai Min Zaw

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