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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The International Standard of Intellectual Disability and the Imposition of the Death Penalty

Whether a person who has a mental disorder or who suffers from intellectual disability, should be tried, convicted or executed for a capital offence, raises fundamental questions of justice and the purposes of the criminal justice system.

Listen to Achieving justice when courts are not yet able: The challenge of Syria with Ambassador Stephen Rapp

On Wednesday 20 May, Ambassador Stephen Rapp spoke to packed lecture theatre on a range of subjects related to the International Criminal Court, Syria and the objectives of relentlessly pursuing justice.

Listen to North Korea Inside/Out with Michael Kirby, Barnaby Caddy and Martin Krygier

A crowd of over 250 people gathered to hear Michael and Barnaby's personal accounts of their experience both inside North Korea and the broader impact of North Korea's policies on regional relationships.

Listen to Frederic Megret's seminar on Rescuing a pacifist sensitivity in international law

On 13 May 2015, Frederic Megret, an Associate Professor of Law at McGill University presented a fascinating seminar on peace, pacifism, humanitarianism, international law and different strategies that can be applied on the right to peace.

Applications open: Beijing internship with Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers

UNSW law students in their final years of study and who have completed a course in public international law, public interest litigation and/or human rights are eligible. Deadline is 20 May 2015. Apply today.

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: Developing the Law on Sexual Violence?

Sarah Williams and Emma Palmer have recently published an article on the ECCC’s jurisprudence and argue that the ECCC has made little contribution to the development of the legal framework surrounding sexual violence.