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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Latest news

Professor Louise Chappell announced as Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute

Renowned political science and human rights scholar, Professor Louise Chappell will take up the role of Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute.

AHRCentre recent research achievements

Recent published research by members of the AHRCentre, including: Andrea Durbach, Director; Justine Nolan, Deputy Director; Claire Higgins, Human Rights Defender Editor, Melanie Schwartz, AJHR Editor and Lucas Lixinski, Project Director.

Nothing about us, without us, is for us’: victims and the international criminal justice system

Transitional justice is about viewing the law as a tool for justice, transformation, redress, and transition to respect for the rule of law. And, ultimately, its transformative impact depends upon the proximity to and engagement with the affected communities.

Searching for defamation law reform - Dr Daniel Joyce

Who should bear liability for the publication of defamatory material via a search engine? AHRCentre project director Daniel Joyce reviews the case law in Australia in light of UK law and an up-coming High Court consideration of the issues … read more

Prof Philip Alston awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from UNSW Sydney

In recognition of Professor Alston’s eminent service to the community through his contribution to human rights and justice globally as an internationally renowned law scholar and human rights practitioner...read more

On the use of 'punitive language' and poverty

Australia's conservative government has drawn heavily on policy positions developed by American conservative think tanks, Professor Philip Alston told an audience at the 2017 Australian Human Rights Centre Annual Public Lecture.