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The field of power of transnational law and the new democratic deficit by Danielle Celermajer

In the last 30 years, human rights advocates have brought suits for violations of human and environmental rights throughout the world, and against non-state actors under Alien Torts Statute, a piece of US legislation interpreted as providing jurisdiction over such cases. Read more...

The Business of Migrant Worker Recruitment: Who Has the Responsibility and Leverage to Protect Rights?

Governance of temporary labor migration is emerging as one of the most significant social, economic, and human rights challenges of this century. This is especially the case in Asia. Read more from Bassina Farbenblum & Justine Nolan...

Freedom of speech, s 18c and Yassmin Abdel-Maggied

Read from Human Rights Defender Student Editor Brittney Rigby, who argues that the point of free speech is to extend protection to unpopular, contentious opinions; even those made by Muslim women of colour that question our white history.

Establishment of an Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Justine Nolan, who will provide expert advice to support government and business to work together to improve human rights, including a review of existing laws, policies and best practices relevant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

A vote against decriminalising abortion is a vote against women’s rights

Brittney Rigby, the Human Rights Defender Student Editor, writes for The Student Voice about the bill, introduced by Dr Mehreen Faruqi, that proposed to remove abortion from the Crimes Act (1900). Read more...

Human Rights Defender 26-1: Environmental justice and human rights in Asia

Despite the stark realities of ecological degradation and questionable human rights practices in Asia, there remains hope for positive change: the persistent belief that our problems are not insurmountable. Read more...

PWESCR's self-organised internship on women's rights in Delhi - apply now

PWESCR ongoing volunteer internship programme consists of a minimum of 4 consecutive months of work in the Delhi (India) office. Interns gain valuable exposure to a wide range of women's human rights issues.

Latest publication: The International Law of Human Rights

The International Law of Human Rights examines the fundamentals of human rights law from the advent of the United Nations Charter through to the challenging contemporary issues facing the human rights regime. Read more...

On Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

Monday's seminar, 'On Cultural Heritage and Human Rights', was the convergence of two related events, both concerning the position of cultural heritage in our society and the role of law, including human rights, as one tool in understanding, preserving and protecting cultural heritage. Read more...

Australian Journal of Human Rights: accepting submissions

The Australian Journal of Human Rights (AJHR) is currently accepting submissions for Volume 23, Issue 3, 2017. Please submit an article in the range of 6000 – 8000 words on the concepts of legal aspects of human rights, along with associated philosophical, historical, economic and political considerations. Read more.