Latest news

Realizing Women's Rights at the Local Level

AHRCentre Chair Andrew Byrnes presented Realizing Women's Rights at the Local Level with Dorothy Thomas, Founding Director of the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Division at Women and Girls Rising in NYC last week.

Using human rights in the courts to broaden social protection – the South African example

Human rights have an important role to play in supporting the objectives of social protection which include the prevention of poverty and inequality, ensuring solidarity and inclusion, and creating economically and socially fairer societies.

AHRCentre takes over the European Society of International Law Conference

AHRCentre Project Directors Daniel Joyce, Lucas Lixinski and Christopher Michaelsen, and Visiting Fellow Gabrielle Simm recently attended the 10th Anniversary Conference of the European Society of International Law in Vienna.

Voices of Bougainville

On 12 September 2014 the AHRCentre hosted speakers from Jubilee Australia for the launch of their new report Voices of Bougainville. The report explores the intersection of mining, politics, development and conflict as communities debate independence for Bougainville and the reopening of the Panguna copper and gold mine.

The meaning of International Law: Government monopoly, expert precinct or the people’s law?

AHRCentre chair Andrew Byrnes delivers The 2014 Annual Kirby Lecture at ANU on the meaning of international law, on how States may no longer be the sole arbiters of its meaning.

AHRCentre offers new student internship with Reprieve Australia in 2015

Reprieve Australia assists in the provision of legal representation and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty around the world, and seeks to raise awareness of the death penalty and associated human rights issues.

Implications of the ECCC's second judgment

On 7 August 2014, the ECCC delivered their second judgment in the trial of serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). Last week, the Australian Human Rights Centre hosted a forum to discuss the implications of the Court’s decision in Case 002/01.

AHRCentre chair, Andrew Byrnes, addresses the rights of older persons at the UN

We know that there are significant shortfalls in ensuring the enjoyment of the human rights of older persons – ranging from stereotyped attitudes about the roles and abilities of older persons to the violation of the rights of older persons to physical and psychological integrity, and everything in between.

The Torture of own Citizens in the War on Terror: Understanding Responses of Liberal Democracies

Cynthia Banham argued that without a bill of rights and a strong human rights culture, Australian litigation and public campaigns regarding torture, tended to centre on moral arguments, due process, fair trial and the rule of law.

Michael Kirby discusses the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in North Korea

On Thursday 31 July, the Australian Human Rights Centre hosted an address by Michael Kirby, former High Court Judge and Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).