The AHRCentre aims to promote public awareness and academic scholarship about domestic and international human rights standards, laws and procedures through research projects, education programs and publications. The Centre brings together practitioners, research fellows and student interns from Australia and internationally to research, teach and debate contemporary human rights issues. The Centre also publishes the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Human Rights Defender and hosts a number of seminars and events each year.

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Latest publication: The International Law of Human Rights

The International Law of Human Rights examines the fundamentals of human rights law from the advent of the United Nations Charter through to the challenging contemporary issues facing the human rights regime. Read more...

On Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

Monday's seminar, 'On Cultural Heritage and Human Rights', was the convergence of two related events, both concerning the position of cultural heritage in our society and the role of law, including human rights, as one tool in understanding, preserving and protecting cultural heritage. Read more...

Australian Journal of Human Rights: accepting submissions

The Australian Journal of Human Rights (AJHR) is currently accepting submissions for Volume 23, Issue 3, 2017. Please submit an article in the range of 6000 – 8000 words on the concepts of legal aspects of human rights, along with associated philosophical, historical, economic and political considerations. Read more.

Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission

On Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Law Faculty, UNSW, the former Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French AC, launched Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission. Listen to speeches from the launch here....

Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission

The Law and Poverty in Australia Report in 1975 was a landmark event in the history of Australian law reform. Since that time there has been no systematic overview of the inter-relation between law and poverty in Australia. Read more from Andrea Durbach, Brendan Edgeworth and Vicki Sentas (eds)...

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

While the concept of slavery may seem remote to many Australians, we often unwittingly benefit from modern slavery via the clothes we buy, the food we eat and the companies we invest in. Read more from Justine Nolan and Jo Ford...