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Upcoming seminar on The Future of the Responsibility to Protect

Two opposing views on The Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Join us for an informative afternoon on Tuesday, February 19th, with AHRCentre project director, Dr Christopher Michaelsen, for his paper Outdated and Useless: R2P after Libya and Syria, along with Professor Tim Dunne and Professor Kath Gelber, for their paper Communicative Action and the Responsibility to Protect: the case of Libya.

One Billion Rising: Raising awareness of the world's most pervasive human rights violation - violence against women

It is estimated that over one billion women today have been or will be the victims of gender-based violence.

Simone Gbagbo & the International Criminal Court: The unsettling spectre of the female war criminal

AHRCentre member Louise Chappell and PhD student Rosemary Grey have just published an article on Simone Gbagbo and the ICC in IntLawGrrls, a website that focuses on international law, policy and practice.

AHRCentre Chair and UNSW Law Faculty international lawyer Professor Andrew Byrnes appointed as adviser to Parliamentary human rights committee

We are delighted to announce that AHRCentre Chairperson and UNSW Law Faculty international human rights lawyer, Professor Andrew Byrnes, has been appointed as external legal adviser to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Half the Sky highlights the world's most pervasive human rights violation - violence against women

A packed Law Theatre at UNSW's Law Faculty last night, watched an abridged version of Half the Sky based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book and heard from panel speakers and audience members about the extent and nature of the world's most pervasive human rights violation - violence agai

Intervention in Libya: Another Nail in the Coffin for the Responsibility-to-Protect?

Chris Michaelsen and UNSW law graduate David Berman publish a critical article on the Responsibility to Protect doctrine (RtoP) and the intervention in Libya.

Individual Communication to the United Nations Human Rights Committee

An Indonesian fisherman has filed the first international case against Australia’s people smuggling legislation, claiming the laws violate international law. The fisherman is represented by senior law students from UNSW Law's Human Rights Clinic.

ASEAN Civil Society Groups call for greater corporate accountability for human rights

On November 15, 2012 civil society groups in Southeast Asia released a statement "Demanding Accountability in ASEAN: A Workshop on Rights Protection and Accountability Standards in Sovereign, Multilateral and Corporate Investment in ASEAN".

The Unintended Consequences of Characterizations of Indigenous Identity: Going Back to Court

The cover story on today's (November 12, 2012) The Australian discusses a story first broken by The Canberra Times about whether a person's skin colour should be determining of their status as indigenous.

Companies must uphold human rights

The interconnection between human rights and the corporate sector has been a matter of public debate for several decades now amidst growing concern over the social and environmental impacts of globalisation and the increasingly powerful role played by multinational corporations in the global economy.