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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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.

Listen to Prof Philip Alston's lecture: Why does it matter if others have more? How extreme inequality and poverty violate human rights

In responding to the poverty that accompanies this extreme inequality, governments are often more concerned with finding novel ways to stigmatize those living in poverty than in crafting solutions. What can the human rights movement offer in response?

Reaching Safe Ground: Addressing Sexual Assault and Harassment at Australian Universities

On 3rd August 2017, the Australian Human Rights Centre launched On Safe Ground: A Good Practice Guide for Australian Universities. Read more from Sharon Mo...

The Guardian - Sexual assault at universities: the same degrading attitudes permeate society

AHRCentre Director Andrea Durbach and Damian Powell write for The Guardian: At its heart, the disturbing prevalence of sexual assault and harassment...

On Safe Ground: Strengthening Australian university responses to sexual assault and harassment - A Good Practice Guide for Australian Universities

On Safe Ground is now available for downloading...click on title above for access

Mapping the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Few MSIs Are Equipped to Address Governance Gaps

Over the past 30 years of globalization, it has become increasingly evident that, in many parts of the world, local governments are either unwilling or unable to protect their own people or the plane - creating governance gaps. Read more...