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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...

On Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

Monday's seminar, 'On Cultural Heritage and Human Rights', was the convergence of two related events, both concerning the position of cultural heritage in our society and the role of law, including human rights, as one tool in understanding, preserving and protecting cultural heritage. Read more...

Australian Journal of Human Rights: accepting submissions

The Australian Journal of Human Rights (AJHR) is currently accepting submissions for Volume 23, Issue 3, 2017. Please submit an article in the range of 6000 – 8000 words on the concepts of legal aspects of human rights, along with associated philosophical, historical, economic and political considerations. Read more.

Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission

On Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Law Faculty, UNSW, the former Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French AC, launched Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission. Listen to speeches from the launch here....

Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission

The Law and Poverty in Australia Report in 1975 was a landmark event in the history of Australian law reform. Since that time there has been no systematic overview of the inter-relation between law and poverty in Australia. Read more from Andrea Durbach, Brendan Edgeworth and Vicki Sentas (eds)...

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

While the concept of slavery may seem remote to many Australians, we often unwittingly benefit from modern slavery via the clothes we buy, the food we eat and the companies we invest in. Read more from Justine Nolan and Jo Ford...

The Adani juggernaut and democratic processes: Do our governments really believe in the rule of law?

AHRCentre intern Michaela Vaughan writes about the considerable community backlash from a wide cross-section of society opposed to the Adani development on various cultural, economic, and environmental grounds.

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