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The realities around criminal responsibility for MH17

On Tuesday, 6 October 2015, the AHRCentre hosted a panel consisting of John Ralston, Steven Freeland and Sarah Williams to discuss whether the ICC is the best option for attributing responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

How security and military challenges can shape or regress international humanitarian law

The AHRCentre, the Australian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomed Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier and Laurence Binet to give their thoughts on how politics and the law manifest in past and present humanitarian crises.

Supply chain liability for human rights

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan reflects on a number of significant legal developments that have taken place recently to make companies sit up and take stock of their human rights and labour rights obligations in their supply chains.

AHRCentre Submission endorsed by Senate's Report on Same-Sex Marriage in Australia

AHRCentre's directors Jed Horner and Lucas Lixinski, with AHRCentre intern Darren Ou Yong, made a submission to the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs rejecting the government proposal for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

The Severance of Case 002 at the ECCC - A Radical Trial Management Technique or a Step Too Far?

AHRCentre Project Director Sarah Williams writes on how, in Case 002, severance has led to complex legal challenges and considerable uncertainty regarding its impact on the trial and the right of the accused to a fair trial.

Generous super concessions in the human rights landscape

Our Human Rights Defender intern, Michaela Vaughan, argues that the $15 billion spent in super tax concessions to Australia’s wealthiest 10% could be used in a myriad of ways to ensure a fairer and more equitable Australia and that superannuation is not often enough thought of in terms of human rights...

Destruction of world heritage site justifies military action

When we destroy a people's historical and cultural achievements, we erase them from history - AHRCentre Project Director Dr Lucas Lixinski argues in today's SMH that the Islamic State is copying the Nazis in selling valuable artefacts to fund its atrocities and destroying significant cultural sites, justifying military action.

Documenting the vulnerability and marginalisation of women and girls displaced to urban Afghanistan

The power of the seminar and report lies predominantly in the way it documented the lives of displaced Afghani women and girls, many of whom are in despair, potentially suicidal and with unmet mental health needs.

Security Council’s rejection of MH17 tribunal: exposing structural flaws and maintaining impunity?

The Security Council’s failure to agree to the establishment of the tribunal does not reduce the necessity of prosecuting those who are responsible for the downing of MH17, writes AHRCentre intern Darren Ou Yong. Read more...

Decisions of the Disabled and Supported Decision Making

How would you feel if you had most of your big life decisions made for you? Or even your little day-to-day decisions, like what you eat, when you eat and what time you go to bed? Listen to Gerard Quinn and Rosemary Kayess discuss these issues on Radio 2SER and debate them at the SPRC.