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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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...

Postponed: Why this Unrelenting Rise of Violence against Women in South Africa? Class, Race and Gender and the Post-Apartheid Condition of Existential Despair

Friday's seminar (27th October at 5.30pm) by Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela has been postponed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Government ignores advice of expert group on business and human rights

Australian companies, for the most part, fail to adequately respond to human rights risks in their operations and supply chains - while expert advice on business and human rights has been dismissed outright by the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Professor Louise Chappell announced as Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute

Renowned political science and human rights scholar, Professor Louise Chappell will take up the role of Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute.