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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Business and Human Rights – From Principles to Practice

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan's latest book examines how, in a global economy, multinational companies often operate in jurisdictions where governments are either unable or unwilling to uphold even the basic human rights of their own citizens. Read more...

The American Death Penalty: Progress and Politics

No system of capital punishment is immune from the capricious and arbitrary prejudices that obscure justice in even the most free and equal societies, let alone those which today remain under the grip of totalitarianism, writes Josh Thorp for The Student Voice.

Reflecting on the NSW Legal Aid Fellowship with Elizabeth Clark

For law graduates with a passion for social justice, the world of Practical Legal Training placements and graduate positions can seem daunting at best, as students try to find roles which both meet their interests and equip them with skills to pursue them into the future. Read more...

Open access: Transformative Reparations for Women and Girls at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Sarah Williams and Emma Palmer write for the International Journal of Transitional Justice on transformative reparations in international criminal tribunals by examining the reparations mandate and practice of the ECCC. Access the full article...

Children’s right to legal protection in America and Australia – a comparative perspective

Emily Buss, Kylie Beckhouse, Matthew Keeley and Noam Peleg discussed the factors that create barriers to sophisticated legal protection of children in Australia and in the US at a recent seminar hosted by the AHRCentre and the NCYLC.

The Problematic Use of Human Rights Discourse in the Greek Crisis Debate by Dorothea Anthony

Dorothea Anthony, a PhD Candidate at UNSW Law, writes for the European Society of International Law on how human rights ended up adding little to the Greek crisis debate. Read more...