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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Freedom of speech, s 18c and Yassmin Abdel-Maggied

Read from Human Rights Defender Student Editor Brittney Rigby, who argues that the point of free speech is to extend protection to unpopular, contentious opinions; even those made by Muslim women of colour that question our white history.

Establishment of an Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Justine Nolan, who will provide expert advice to support government and business to work together to improve human rights, including a review of existing laws, policies and best practices relevant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

A vote against decriminalising abortion is a vote against women’s rights

Brittney Rigby, the Human Rights Defender Student Editor, writes for The Student Voice about the bill, introduced by Dr Mehreen Faruqi, that proposed to remove abortion from the Crimes Act (1900). Read more...

Human Rights Defender 26-1: Environmental justice and human rights in Asia

Despite the stark realities of ecological degradation and questionable human rights practices in Asia, there remains hope for positive change: the persistent belief that our problems are not insurmountable. Read more...

PWESCR's self-organised internship on women's rights in Delhi - apply now

PWESCR ongoing volunteer internship programme consists of a minimum of 4 consecutive months of work in the Delhi (India) office. Interns gain valuable exposure to a wide range of women's human rights issues.

Latest publication: The International Law of Human Rights

The International Law of Human Rights examines the fundamentals of human rights law from the advent of the United Nations Charter through to the challenging contemporary issues facing the human rights regime. Read more...