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The ICC's Al-Mahdi ruling protects cultural heritage, but didn't go far enough

In the first of its kind, the International Criminal Court has delivered an important judgment on the destruction of World Heritage. Read the full article by AHRCentre project directors Lucas Lixinski and Sarah Williams for The Conversation here.

Maintaining relevance: The future of the UN and Australia's engagement

Yesterday we had the privilege to sit in on a conversation between, in the words of moderator Chris Michaelsen, "the two most knowledgeable experts in the world on the United Nations, Leanne Smith and Jeni Whalan.” Jeni and Leanne spoke about challenges and limitations of the UN in varying contexts...

International human rights law and violence against women: Thinking through the arguments for and against a new UN Convention

AHRCentre Chairperson Andrew Byrnes met last week in Tokyo with Ms Yoko Hayashi, the current Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Read more...

Human Rights Defender launch: Special issue on Villawood

On Tuesday 6th September, the Human Rights Defender held a launch for its Villawood issue at UNSW Law. The launch included five guest speakers, and had a diverse crowd of guests, including refugees, students, volunteers from different NGOs, artists and authors.

“Access Denied”: The Culture of Secrecy defining Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies

AHRCentre intern Jess Clarke questions why resettling people from Nauru still remains in the ‘too hard basket’ - while the current government has committed over $60 million dollars in the next year, to offshore processing facilities. Read more...

Submission to UN open ended inter-governmental working group on transnational corporations & other business enterprises with respect to human rights

Submitted By Associate Professor Justine Nolan, UNSW, Faculty Of Law & Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre

Sharing insights with federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins

UNSW colleagues from across faculties and schools met and shared insights with federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins during her visit to the AHRCentre.

Launch of national student survey on sexual assault and harassment

The first national student survey looking at sexual assault and harassment at universities was launched at UNSW on Tuesday 23 August 2016 as part of Universities Australia’s broader campaign to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment at universities

Towards Reparative Transformation: Revisiting the Impact of Violence against Women in a Post-TRC South Africa

Read an abstract from AHRCentre Director Andrea Durbach's latest article that offers a retrospective analysis of the capacity of transformative institutions to alter the conditions that have enabled gender-based violence and to prevent its repetition.

Media, Corporate Responsibility and Free Speech with Prof Sarah Joseph

The focus of the seminar was on applying the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the media industry and how, in their current state, these principles are conceptually inadequate to deal with the human rights responsibilities of the contemporary media.