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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.

Ugandan moralism damages struggle to end HIV

The right to health, including the right to seek medical care irrespective of your sexual orientation or gender identity, and to access preventative health measures such as condoms, belongs to each human being. It should be rendered a reality, not a dream deferred. This is a shared global responsibility, but Australia has a decisive role to play.

AHRCentre forum on post-war justice in Sri Lanka

On Tuesday 4 March 2014 the AHRCentre held a forum on post-war justice in Sri Lanka and Australia’s treatment of Sri Lankan refugees. This issue is highly contested in the lead-up to a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council where a motion may be passed for an independent investigation into Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes during the final phase of the civil war.

Forging New Paths for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court?

There is reason to hope that the ICC has learnt important lessons from its initial failures and is establishing a path to achieve its gender justice aims. Key ‘insiders’ including feminist-inspired judges, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and ‘outsiders’ including Brigid Inder, are at the forefront of forging this path.

Refining the Rules of the Game: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

The steady evolution of a global social expectation that companies should respect international human rights standards is changing the nature and possibility of developing a firmer basis for corporate accountability for human rights.

Rising for justice: Calling for an end to the culture of impunity surrounding violence against women and girls

On Friday, 14 February, hundreds of men, women, children, fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers rose in a dance protest demanding an end to all forms of violence against women and girls.

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

AHRCentre project director Louise Chappell, with Rosemary Grey and Emily Waller, argue that 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 unrecognized.

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