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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The business of human rights on Late Night Live with Michael Posner

Can a business degree teach you how to be a responsible corporate citizen when it comes to human rights? Listen to a podcast with ABC's Radio National's Phillip Adams and Amruta Slee as they speak with Michael Posner, who will deliver the AHRCentre Annual Lecture tomorrow night.

Fighting income inequality: the role business can play

Michael Posner will deliver tomorrow night's AHRCentre Annual Lecture. Today he wrote about global economic inequality, the centrality of investing in long-term sustainable business models and other business and human rights issues in The Conversation. Read the article here...

Australian universities have zero tolerance for sex assaults on campus

The AHRCentre, with input from Australian Bureau of Statistics experts, is in the process of creating a survey on sexual assault and harassment and the effectiveness of reporting procedures for Australian universities. Read more from UNSW's VC Ian Jacobs' recent article...

President Obama’s visit to Cuba: revisiting discussions about human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay

Samudhya Jayasekara, our AJHR intern, writes that the 2016 Guantanamo Closure Plan offers a strong indication that Bush’s gun-slinging ‘War on Terror’ is slowly losing traction...but only time will truly tell. Read the full article.

A World Without the Death Penalty: Australia’s Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

On 5 May 2016, AHRCentre Chair Prof Andrew Byrnes delivered evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on Australia's advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. Read more...

Disability in our criminal (in)justice system

HRD student editor Rohan Muscat argues that clearly there is an urgent need for significant reform on our criminal justice system, and this can only take place after we reconceptualise people with complex needs. Read more about this...