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International Criminal Court collapse would set back justice for women

Given the partial advancements in gender justice in the first decade of ICC, should we care if the African Union vote provokes the court’s collapse? The ICC is imperfect, no doubt, but it does offer an unprecedented framework for advancing women’s rights argues AHRCentre project director Louise Chappell.

Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine attended a conference at West Virginia University on Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back which examined the United Nations’ recent work on business and human rights issues, an area that has grown substantially in the last ten years.

Seminar: “Impact” is not just for litigation – affecting change through transactional lawyering

In his seminar at UNSW Law Faculty, Professor Praveen Kosuri inspired students with his ideas on using transactional lawyering as an agent for change. He urged those in attendance to think outside of the normal parameters to find ways to achieve results through other types of lawyering and in a variety of areas of law.

China, New Media, the Internet and Human Rights

AHRCentre Project Director Daniel Joyce attended the Sixth Beijing Forum on Human Rights with a wide range of international and local participants. His paper examined the transformative potential of the Internet and social media in terms of human rights protection and awareness.

Seminar – Turning our backs: responding to ‘the boats’

Just days before the recent Federal election, the UNSW UN Society and the Australian Human Rights Centre co-hosted a seminar on Australia’s response to the global refugee crisis in the Law Faculty. With neither major political party offering an acceptable policy for processing asylum seekers, the event offered a chance for students, staff and guests to discuss the situation and possible options in response.

A focus on the right to health in the context of migration

Whilst the media focus on asylum seekers and refugees has come to dominate the discussion on migration policy in Australia, two new articles, authored by Centre Project Director Jed Horner and colleagues, focus the spotlight on the effects of the migration health criteria for some migrants, their families and communities.

Who said cruelty is unavoidable? Australians wait for moral leadership on asylum seeker policy

The Student Voice Project publishes opinion pieces by students on current human rights topics.

Security Council sanctions: can Australia make a difference?

In the lead-up to Australia assuming the SC presidency on 1 Sept, The Conversation is running a set of op-eds, including today's article on sanctions by AHRCentre project director Christopher Michaelsen and Marie-Eve Loselle, founding members of the Security Council Analysis Network (SCAN).

Seminar on Migrant Workers' Access to Justice in Countries of Origin

Visiting from the University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Sarah Paoletti joined AHRCentre's Migrant and Refugee Rights Project Director, Bassina Farbenblum, for a seminar on migrant workers' access to justice in their own countries.

Columbia-UNSW Law Human Rights in Practice intensive summer course in NYC

UNSW Law just successfully conducted an intensive summer course Human Rights in Practice (Laws3146/8146/Jurd7146) taught at Columbia University, NY, led by Justine Nolan, in conjunction with the Columbia Human Rights Institute and a number of human rights practitioners.