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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Greater rights protection needed for online protesters

Protest is an essential tenet of free speech. It is a way of holding those in power to account. It makes politicians hear citizens’ voices at times when we don’t have a ballot paper in hand. It lets us tell corporations that their actions are not up to scratch. Read more from Hannah Wootton...

Human Rights Defender - special issue on researching forced migration

This issue aims to bridge scholarship, policy and practice, highlighting the valuable expertise that the next generation of scholars in forced migration studies can share with one another and with the wider community. Evidence-based, non-partisan research will make a difference...read more

Natural disasters are worsening under climate change. We need to better protect those fleeing their damage.

For The Student Voice, HRD Editor Hannah Wootton writes about the reasons for seeking refuge and how climate change has worsened historical problems - with implications of rights to protection, soft law and safeguards for the future.

Special issue on ‘transformative reparations for sexual violence post-conflict: prospects and problems’

AHRCentre project directors Andrea Durbach, Louise Chappell and Sarah Williams have written the foreword for the International Journal of Human Rights, their special issue on transformative reparations for sexual violence post-conflict.

Response to Attorney General’s Department Report Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement Public Consultation Paper

The modern slavery risk is real and the Australian Government is currently considering the introduction of legislation to require commercial organizations to report on the risk of modern slavery in their supply chain.

Civil Society and International Criminal Justice

The speakers highlighted the importance for all victims of human rights abuses to be granted access to justice. They also spoke of the importance of building capacity for prosecutions and trials at a national level, so that justice does not have to occur in a remote location. Read more...