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

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.

“Access Denied”: The Culture of Secrecy defining Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies

AHRCentre intern Jess Clarke questions why resettling people from Nauru still remains in the ‘too hard basket’ - while the current government has committed over $60 million dollars in the next year, to offshore processing facilities. Read more...

Submission to UN open ended inter-governmental working group on transnational corporations & other business enterprises with respect to human rights

Submitted By Associate Professor Justine Nolan, UNSW, Faculty Of Law & Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre

Sharing insights with federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins

UNSW colleagues from across faculties and schools met and shared insights with federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins during her visit to the AHRCentre.