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AHRCentre hosts 'one of South Africa's new heroes'

Leading South African human rights activist, academic and Constitutional Court judge, Edwin Cameron, spent a day at UNSW Law presenting a lunchtime talk to students and on the rule of law and and met with judges and constitutional law academics over afternoon tea to discuss bills or rights, the value (and limitations) of law, and the vulnerability of rights when they impede power.

Welfare sector to enlist human rights bodies on Newstart

The AHRCentre co-hosted a seminar today, 29 April, on the international human right to social security and the impact of the recent cuts to income support for sole parents. Speakers included Beth Goldblatt, Cassandra Goldie, and Gerard Thomas. It also considered the application of human rights to recent changes to income entitlements for people with disability.

Model UN China

Earlier this week, UNSW Law Dean David Dixon and the AHRCentre welcomed Ambassador Lu Shumin, Madame Zhang Xiaoan and a delegation from the United Nations Association of China and representatives from the Australian Human Rights Commission to a reception to celebrate a unique partnership.

Petition calls for an independent police complaints body over Mardi Gras incident

Jed Horner, AHRCentre member, together with the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL), Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG), ACON and the Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) unveiled a joint petition aimed at forcing a debate in the State Parliament on the legislative framework governing complaints about Police conduct in New South Wales.

Justice Edwin Cameron, South African Constitutional Court on Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in South Africa

Described by former South African President Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s ‘modern heroes’, Justice Edwin Cameron became a lawyer in the early 1980s during apartheid and has had an significant impact on the evolution of human rights law in South Africa and beyond.

AHRCentre Project Director Jed Horner comments on Commonwealth Charter against all forms of discrimination

Gay and lesbian rights groups are calling for recognition of over 40 former British colonies that maintain colonial-era anti-homosexuality laws.

AHRCentre welcomes Magdi Birtha from NUI Galway

Magdi is the Marie Curie DREAM Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Centre for Disability Law and Policy, and is a visiting scholar at the AHRCentre continuing her research on “'Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us' - A case study of the disability movement in Zambia”.

Violence against women is becoming more violent: special International Women’s Day post

As the world marks International Women’s Day, violence against women, although triggering pockets of protest and solidarity with victims and survivors across the world, is increasing in scale and the violence, in the words of UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, “is becoming more violent.”

International Law in the New Age of Globalization - now published

Edited by Andrew Byrnes, Mika Hayashi and Christopher Michaelsen. This collection brings together a series of essays which address some of the challenges that globalization poses to the international legal order.

Human rights tertiary teachers' workshop

Academics and human rights practitioners gathered at UNSW Law for a day-long seminar on human rights histories, realities and skills. Close to 100 people from across Australia heard a range of perspectives from teachers of human rights on topics, including using controversial histories of human rights as a tool of rights analysis to equipping future human rights practitioners....