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AHRCentre recent research achievements

Recent published research by members of the AHRCentre, including: Andrea Durbach, Director; Justine Nolan, Deputy Director; Claire Higgins, Human Rights Defender Editor, Melanie Schwartz, AJHR Editor and Lucas Lixinski, Project Director.

Nothing about us, without us, is for us’: victims and the international criminal justice system

Transitional justice is about viewing the law as a tool for justice, transformation, redress, and transition to respect for the rule of law. And, ultimately, its transformative impact depends upon the proximity to and engagement with the affected communities.

Searching for defamation law reform - Dr Daniel Joyce

Who should bear liability for the publication of defamatory material via a search engine? AHRCentre project director Daniel Joyce reviews the case law in Australia in light of UK law and an up-coming High Court consideration of the issues … read more

Prof Philip Alston awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from UNSW Sydney

In recognition of Professor Alston’s eminent service to the community through his contribution to human rights and justice globally as an internationally renowned law scholar and human rights more

On the use of 'punitive language' and poverty

Australia's conservative government has drawn heavily on policy positions developed by American conservative think tanks, Professor Philip Alston told an audience at the 2017 Australian Human Rights Centre Annual Public Lecture.

Listen to Prof Philip Alston's lecture: Why does it matter if others have more? How extreme inequality and poverty violate human rights

In responding to the poverty that accompanies this extreme inequality, governments are often more concerned with finding novel ways to stigmatize those living in poverty than in crafting solutions. What can the human rights movement offer in response?

Reaching Safe Ground: Addressing Sexual Assault and Harassment at Australian Universities

On 3rd August 2017, the Australian Human Rights Centre launched On Safe Ground: A Good Practice Guide for Australian Universities. Read more from Sharon Mo...

The Guardian - Sexual assault at universities: the same degrading attitudes permeate society

AHRCentre Director Andrea Durbach and Damian Powell write for The Guardian: At its heart, the disturbing prevalence of sexual assault and harassment...

On Safe Ground: Strengthening Australian university responses to sexual assault and harassment - A Good Practice Guide for Australian Universities

On Safe Ground is now available for on title above for access

Mapping the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Few MSIs Are Equipped to Address Governance Gaps

Over the past 30 years of globalization, it has become increasingly evident that, in many parts of the world, local governments are either unwilling or unable to protect their own people or the plane - creating governance gaps. Read more...