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Australian universities have zero tolerance for sex assaults on campus

The AHRCentre, with input from Australian Bureau of Statistics experts, is in the process of creating a survey on sexual assault and harassment and the effectiveness of reporting procedures for Australian universities. Read more from UNSW's VC Ian Jacobs' recent article...

President Obama’s visit to Cuba: revisiting discussions about human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay

Samudhya Jayasekara, our AJHR intern, writes that the 2016 Guantanamo Closure Plan offers a strong indication that Bush’s gun-slinging ‘War on Terror’ is slowly losing traction...but only time will truly tell. Read the full article.

A World Without the Death Penalty: Australia’s Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

On 5 May 2016, AHRCentre Chair Prof Andrew Byrnes delivered evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on Australia's advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. Read more...

Disability in our criminal (in)justice system

HRD student editor Rohan Muscat argues that clearly there is an urgent need for significant reform on our criminal justice system, and this can only take place after we reconceptualise people with complex needs. Read more about this...

Business and Human Rights – From Principles to Practice

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan's latest book examines how, in a global economy, multinational companies often operate in jurisdictions where governments are either unable or unwilling to uphold even the basic human rights of their own citizens. Read more...

The American Death Penalty: Progress and Politics

No system of capital punishment is immune from the capricious and arbitrary prejudices that obscure justice in even the most free and equal societies, let alone those which today remain under the grip of totalitarianism, writes Josh Thorp for The Student Voice.

Reflecting on the NSW Legal Aid Fellowship with Elizabeth Clark

For law graduates with a passion for social justice, the world of Practical Legal Training placements and graduate positions can seem daunting at best, as students try to find roles which both meet their interests and equip them with skills to pursue them into the future. Read more...

Open access: Transformative Reparations for Women and Girls at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Sarah Williams and Emma Palmer write for the International Journal of Transitional Justice on transformative reparations in international criminal tribunals by examining the reparations mandate and practice of the ECCC. Access the full article...

Children’s right to legal protection in America and Australia – a comparative perspective

Emily Buss, Kylie Beckhouse, Matthew Keeley and Noam Peleg discussed the factors that create barriers to sophisticated legal protection of children in Australia and in the US at a recent seminar hosted by the AHRCentre and the NCYLC.

The Problematic Use of Human Rights Discourse in the Greek Crisis Debate by Dorothea Anthony

Dorothea Anthony, a PhD Candidate at UNSW Law, writes for the European Society of International Law on how human rights ended up adding little to the Greek crisis debate. Read more...

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