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The perplexities and problems of implementing R2P

Dr Kurt Mills examined how the international community has developed three sets of norms and practices to deal with situations of mass atrocities - humanitarianism, international criminal justice, and the use of military force - what has come to be known as the responsibility to protect (R2P).

The Neglected Right to Protest

Dr Kirsty Hughes collaborated with Daniel Joyce on research relating to the right to protest as part of the Centre’s project on New Media and Human Rights, focusing on European human rights jurisprudence regarding the intersection of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly/association and the right to protest.

Social Security in South Africa - A gender and human rights analysis

AHRCentre project director, Beth Goldblatt, writes that South Africa has a large social assistance programme that plays a critical role in addressing extreme poverty. The strong constitutional rights framework, including a right to social security, underpins the development of this programme.

Giving Voice to the Victims: Translating and Interpreting Sexual Violence at the ICC

On 23 April 2014 the Australian Human Rights Centre was treated to an emotion-charged account of the challenges of interpreting for international crime trials from Alexandra Tomic and Ludmila Stern.

Business as usual is no longer an option

Some Australian clothing brands have signed a new initiative to improve conditions in Bangladeshi factories, while other brands stay conspicuously absent. Burying one's head in the sand is no longer an option, writes AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan.

Spotlight on the Middle East – Libya and Egypt: Where did we go wrong?

The AHRCentre hosted two inspirational human rights advocates, Hassan al-Amin and Tirana Hassan, who spoke about the Arab uprising in Libya and Egypt and the ongoing struggle for democracy in the Middle East.

The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: Soft Law or Not Law?

AHRCentre deputy director Justine Nolan examines the many limitations of using soft law to hold corporations to account for human rights, while also recognising that reliance on soft law can result in incremental change.

The Gender Justice Shadow of Complementarity: Lessons from the International Criminal Court’s Preliminary Examinations in Guinea and Colombia

The Office of the Prosecutor’s apparent inattention to gender biases underpinning domestic legal systems has left impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence intact and the victims of these crimes unrecognised.

Is the World Cup worth dying for?

The startling report by the International Trade Union Commission ‘The Case Against Qatar’ released this week predicts that 4,000 migrant construction workers will die in Qatar while labouring to build stadiums, hotels, subways, roads and a new airport in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Sex and politics: a return to business as usual

The return to white male dominance as business as usual in Australian politics provokes questions for women and other marginalised groups about the relevance of our current political system, writes AHRCentre project director Louise Chappell for The Drum.