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Informing the debate about human rights, one tweet at a time

UNSW media law lecturer Daniel Joyce and Generation Y representative Lyndon Goddard debated the question of whether social media undermines informed discussion about human rights issues.

AHRCentre scores well in latest ARC grant outcomes

AHRCentre Director, Andrea Durbach, Centre Steering Committee members Louise Chappell and Andrew Byrnes, and International Humanitarian Law Project Director, Sarah Williams have been awarded 2014 Australian Research Council grants for a range of research projects.

UNSW Law students awarded top honours at the 10th Model UN in China

The UNSW Law team joined over 460 university students from all corners of China to debate the confronting and challenging issues associated with the Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls.

Enhancing Realization of Women’s Human Rights and Access to Justice - AHRCentre in Jakarta

Andrew Byrnes and Sarah Dobinson took part in ‘Enhancing Realization of Women’s Human Rights and Access to Justice’, Regional Dialogue with Southeast Asian National Human Rights Institutions and ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms, 4-6 October 2013, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Project Director Dr Lucas Lixinski presents paper at American Society of International Law Research Forum

The paper discusses the ways in which international human rights courts, in analysing very discrete issues of state compliance with substantive human rights norms, end up making broad pronouncements to states on how they should design their own institutions, particularly their judiciary.

Gender Justice and Legitimacy at the International Criminal Court

AHRCentre Project Director and Political scientist Professor Louise Chappell - a leading expert on the International Criminal Court - addresses contentious gender politics at the ICC in her lecture at the Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge.

Launch of first comprehensive report on Migrant Workers' Access to Justice at Home

Director of the AHRCentre's Migrant and Refugee Rights project, Bassina Farbenblum has recently returned from Jakarta where she launched a report of the first comprehensive study of migrant workers’ access to redress in their country of origin.

Podcast available for Stephan Parmentier's seminar on Reparations

Listen to the podcast from Prof Stephan Parmentier's seminar Reparations for victims of international crimes: legal and criminological aspects by clicking on this link.

Efforts to improve working conditions chug along

In April 2013 the collapse of a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh containing five garment factories, killed more than 1,100 people. Media attention quickly focused on the responsibilities of multinational firms outsourcing their products in these factories to improve working conditions and develop longer term plans to allow such victims redress.

Australia failing to meet its obligations to people with disabilities

The United Nations has found Australia is failing to meet its obligations to people with disabilities. Rosemary Kayess, AHRCentre's director of the Disability and human rights project commented on PM (ABC radio) that this gives the Australian Government something really strong to work with in identifying areas of reform, and working within reform processes that have already started.