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Law and poverty in Australia - 40 years after the Sackville Report

The workshop addressed many issues - legal aid, social security and criminal law, legal services and access to justice, and the position of disadvantaged people before the law - and critically considered the extent of progress, or otherwise, made to date in each of these fields.

Human Rights Defender special issue on women's economic and social rights

The articles in this issue demonstrate the pervasive economic and social disadvantage suffered by women around the world. They also highlight the opportunity for change by ensuring that human rights focus on gender equality.

UN: UPR raises concerns about numerous human rights violations against Australians with disabilities

AHRCentre project director and ACDL Chairperson Rosemary Kayess: “We are pleased that key disability recommendations were made by numerous HRC member States.”

Australia's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and people with disability

AHRCentre project director Rosemary Kayess is in Geneva as part of the Australian Joint NGO Delegation for Australia's 2nd Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council.

Post-Grad opportunity: AHRCentre and Legal Aid NSW Fellowship

The 26 week fellowship is designed to enable a UNSW Law graduate law student to undertake the clinical component of the College of Law Practical Training Course Professional Program. The student will primarily prepare reports on applications for aid that raise significant public interest or human rights issues.

Archaic abortion laws in NSW an affront to basic human rights

In this day and age it is shameful that abortion is yet to be decriminalised. A woman’s control over her body and reproduction is a basic human right writes Human Rights Defender intern Michaela Vaughan for The Student Voice. Read more...

The realities around criminal responsibility for MH17

On Tuesday, 6 October 2015, the AHRCentre hosted a panel consisting of John Ralston, Steven Freeland and Sarah Williams to discuss whether the ICC is the best option for attributing responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

How security and military challenges can shape or regress international humanitarian law

The AHRCentre, the Australian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomed Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier and Laurence Binet to give their thoughts on how politics and the law manifest in past and present humanitarian crises.

Supply chain liability for human rights

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan reflects on a number of significant legal developments that have taken place recently to make companies sit up and take stock of their human rights and labour rights obligations in their supply chains.

AHRCentre Submission endorsed by Senate's Report on Same-Sex Marriage in Australia

AHRCentre's directors Jed Horner and Lucas Lixinski, with AHRCentre intern Darren Ou Yong, made a submission to the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs rejecting the government proposal for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.