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The meaning of International Law: Government monopoly, expert precinct or the people’s law?

AHRCentre chair Andrew Byrnes delivers The 2014 Annual Kirby Lecture at ANU on the meaning of international law, on how States may no longer be the sole arbiters of its meaning.

AHRCentre offers new student internship with Reprieve Australia in 2015

Reprieve Australia assists in the provision of legal representation and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty around the world, and seeks to raise awareness of the death penalty and associated human rights issues.

Implications of the ECCC's second judgment

On 7 August 2014, the ECCC delivered their second judgment in the trial of serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). Last week, the Australian Human Rights Centre hosted a forum to discuss the implications of the Court’s decision in Case 002/01.

AHRCentre chair, Andrew Byrnes, addresses the rights of older persons at the UN

We know that there are significant shortfalls in ensuring the enjoyment of the human rights of older persons – ranging from stereotyped attitudes about the roles and abilities of older persons to the violation of the rights of older persons to physical and psychological integrity, and everything in between.

The Torture of own Citizens in the War on Terror: Understanding Responses of Liberal Democracies

Cynthia Banham argued that without a bill of rights and a strong human rights culture, Australian litigation and public campaigns regarding torture, tended to centre on moral arguments, due process, fair trial and the rule of law.

Michael Kirby discusses the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in North Korea

On Thursday 31 July, the Australian Human Rights Centre hosted an address by Michael Kirby, former High Court Judge and Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Chris Michaelsen speaks to Openhouse Radio on the conflict in Gaza, the UN's response and prospects of a more permanent ceasefire

AHRCentre project director on Human Rights, International Law and Security, Chris Michaelsen, addresses the issues surrounding the conflict in Gaza and the possibilities for peace in this short pod cast.

Model United Nations in Southeast University in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China UNSW Law/AHRCentre Student Delegation 7-9 November 2014

The Australian Human Rights Commission, the United Nations Association of China, UNSW Law and the AHRCentre are seeking applications from UNSW law students to participate in a three day Model United Nations in China in November.

Associate Prof Chris Michaelsen's podcast on the UN Security Council, the downing of MH17 and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine

AHRCentre project director Chris Michaelsen discusses the ramifications on the downing of flight MH17 on Openhouse Radio. Chris leads the Centre's project on Human rights, international law and security.

The ‘dark abyss’: Michael Kirby discusses human rights and political reality in North Korea

Former High Court judge to discuss his UN Human Rights Council report on North Korea at a free public forum at UNSW Law, Thursday 31 July.
Forum hosted by UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Centre and the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law.