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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National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Department Campaign Outline: ‘Support student safety, stop the war on women.’

The NUS Women’s Department aims to increase support for the safety of students at university, and tackle the high rates of violence and sexual assault against women students.

The Student Voice on Australia's same-sex marriage plebiscite

Rohan Muscat, our Human Rights Defender Student Editor, writes that same-sex marriage will not only grant homosexuals the right to marry. More importantly, it will bring the LGBTIQ community one step closer to equality.

(Not) All Roads Lead to Rome: Ending Impunity for International Crimes in Southeast Asia

Emma Palmer, PhD candidate in the AHRCentre, writes that there are tangible opportunities for building regional perspectives on international criminal accountability within Southeast Asia. Read more and download your copy here...

Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind

AHRCentre Project Director Rosemary Kayess was in New York for the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 14-16 June 2016. Rosemary facilitated the general discussion on the 2030 development agenda.

Human rights as a vocation, from the latest Human Rights Defender

This edition of the Human Rights Defender focuses on human rights as a vocation, through the lens of human rights defenders, combining interviews with human rights practitioners regarding their motivations, challenges and aspirations for the field.

Legalising responsibility for human rights in global supply chains

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan writes that while there is no doubt that global supply chains have long been associated with a range of human rights violations, such harms are now being increasingly well documented, leading to greater demands for corporate accountability.