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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Mapping the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Few MSIs Are Equipped to Address Governance Gaps

Over the past 30 years of globalization, it has become increasingly evident that, in many parts of the world, local governments are either unwilling or unable to protect their own people or the plane - creating governance gaps. Read more...

The field of power of transnational law and the new democratic deficit by Danielle Celermajer

In the last 30 years, human rights advocates have brought suits for violations of human and environmental rights throughout the world, and against non-state actors under Alien Torts Statute, a piece of US legislation interpreted as providing jurisdiction over such cases. Read more...

The Business of Migrant Worker Recruitment: Who Has the Responsibility and Leverage to Protect Rights?

Governance of temporary labor migration is emerging as one of the most significant social, economic, and human rights challenges of this century. This is especially the case in Asia. Read more from Bassina Farbenblum & Justine Nolan...

Freedom of speech, s 18c and Yassmin Abdel-Maggied

Read from Human Rights Defender Student Editor Brittney Rigby, who argues that the point of free speech is to extend protection to unpopular, contentious opinions; even those made by Muslim women of colour that question our white history.

Establishment of an Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Justine Nolan, who will provide expert advice to support government and business to work together to improve human rights, including a review of existing laws, policies and best practices relevant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

A vote against decriminalising abortion is a vote against women’s rights

Brittney Rigby, the Human Rights Defender Student Editor, writes for The Student Voice about the bill, introduced by Dr Mehreen Faruqi, that proposed to remove abortion from the Crimes Act (1900). Read more...