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Justice Edwin Cameron, South African Constitutional Court on Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in South Africa

Described by former South African President Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s ‘modern heroes’, Justice Edwin Cameron became a lawyer in the early 1980s during apartheid and has had an significant impact on the evolution of human rights law in South Africa and beyond.

AHRCentre Project Director Jed Horner comments on Commonwealth Charter against all forms of discrimination

Gay and lesbian rights groups are calling for recognition of over 40 former British colonies that maintain colonial-era anti-homosexuality laws.

AHRCentre welcomes Magdi Birtha from NUI Galway

Magdi is the Marie Curie DREAM Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Centre for Disability Law and Policy, and is a visiting scholar at the AHRCentre continuing her research on “'Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us' - A case study of the disability movement in Zambia”.

Violence against women is becoming more violent: special International Women’s Day post

As the world marks International Women’s Day, violence against women, although triggering pockets of protest and solidarity with victims and survivors across the world, is increasing in scale and the violence, in the words of UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, “is becoming more violent.”

International Law in the New Age of Globalization - now published

Edited by Andrew Byrnes, Mika Hayashi and Christopher Michaelsen. This collection brings together a series of essays which address some of the challenges that globalization poses to the international legal order.

Human rights tertiary teachers' workshop

Academics and human rights practitioners gathered at UNSW Law for a day-long seminar on human rights histories, realities and skills. Close to 100 people from across Australia heard a range of perspectives from teachers of human rights on topics, including using controversial histories of human rights as a tool of rights analysis to equipping future human rights practitioners....

Senate Report on Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Bill highlights protections for LGBTI people and victims/survivors of domestic violence

In October last year, the AHRCentre and the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby collaborated to convene a national roundtable on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, prior to the release of the exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill (2012).

Outdated and Useless? Controversial human rights doctrine, the Responsibility to Protect Seminar

A packed lecture theatre heard AHRCentre international lawyer, Chris Michaelsen and University of Queensland foreign policy expert, Tim Dunne and and political scientist, Kath Gelber battle it out on the utility and standing of the controversial human rights doctrine, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

Beth Goldblatt questions SkyNews claim on women manipulating South Africa’s welfare system

SkyNews ran a report claiming that Eastern Cape (South Africa) women were deliberately drinking alcohol during pregnancy in order to claim a disability grant for the child. Beth Goldblatt, from the AHRCentre, told the Daily Maverick that she felt the media reports in question were built on “sensationalising and generalising”.

Project Director Rosemary Kayess to attend the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Shadow Report Project Group Communiqué, February 2013 - The Shadow Report on the CRPD developed by Disabled Persons, Advocacy and Human Rights Organisations was launched in August 2012 and subsequently sent to the UN Committee in Geneva. It contains over 130 recommendations and was developed over a three year period.