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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Seminar postponed - Australia's campaign for the UN Human Rights Council

Thursday's seminar, Australia's campaign for the UN Human Rights Council, has been postponed due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Getting the Modern Slavery Act right for Australia

Despite the general abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the International Labour Organization reports that more than 21 million people are presently affected by ‘modern slavery’, a term encompassing trafficking, forced labour and slavery. Read more by Belinda Goh...

What You Need to Know about the Funding Cuts to Community Legal Centres

Community legal centres (CLCs) are not-for-profit community organisations that provide free legal services. They are facing funding cuts from the federal government. Here’s what you need to know....read more

Celebrate achievements but keep fighting for gender equality, Tanya Plibersek told an International Women’s Day breakfast at UNSW

Speakers from the UNSW International Women's Day breakfast included the Shadow Minister for Women Tanya Plibersek, AHRCentre Director Professor Andrea Durbach, NUS president Sophie Johnston and Professor Rosalind Dixon.

International Women’s Day, UNSW 2017

Prof Andrea Durbach, director of the AHRCentre, delivered a speech, along with 8 other prominent women, at UNSW's IWD breakfast. Over 250 people gathered to listen to leading academics and MP/Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek. Read the speech here.

More than a Hot Week

A heatwave is more than a hot week. It is also an issue of environmental justice. An environmental justice perspective recognises that the benefits and burdens of the physical environment are rarely distributed evenly. Some people receive more than their fair share of the benefits and burdens.