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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Everyday Sexism and Gender Inequality: The Conversation no-one thought Trump would be starting

Universities have a part to play in promoting initiatives that educate young people on consent, that aim to prevent sexual violence, and instill the sort of values that tear down, rather than reinforce “rape culture”. Read more from Jess Clarke...

International Crimes Against Cultural Heritage: The ICC's Mali Judgment

On 6 October 2016, the AHRCentre held a seminar, co-hosted with the Australian Red Cross, on the recent ICC decision in the Al Mahdi Case. The case has signaled some important firsts for the court, including the first time the war crime of destruction of cultural heritage.

The ICC's Al-Mahdi ruling protects cultural heritage, but didn't go far enough

In the first of its kind, the International Criminal Court has delivered an important judgment on the destruction of World Heritage. Read the full article by AHRCentre project directors Lucas Lixinski and Sarah Williams for The Conversation here.

Maintaining relevance: The future of the UN and Australia's engagement

Yesterday we had the privilege to sit in on a conversation between, in the words of moderator Chris Michaelsen, "the two most knowledgeable experts in the world on the United Nations, Leanne Smith and Jeni Whalan.” Jeni and Leanne spoke about challenges and limitations of the UN in varying contexts...

International human rights law and violence against women: Thinking through the arguments for and against a new UN Convention

AHRCentre Chairperson Andrew Byrnes met last week in Tokyo with Ms Yoko Hayashi, the current Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Read more...

Human Rights Defender launch: Special issue on Villawood

On Tuesday 6th September, the Human Rights Defender held a launch for its Villawood issue at UNSW Law. The launch included five guest speakers, and had a diverse crowd of guests, including refugees, students, volunteers from different NGOs, artists and authors.