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Human Rights and the Anti-Doping Lex Sportiva— The Relationship of Public and Private International Law

Read Prof Andrew Byrnes's chapter on how human rights standards affect the exercise of power by those who decide whether or not a person should be permitted to engage in sport because of alleged or proven doping.

Four executed and more to come: Jokowi’s “shoot to kill” strategy on fighting drugs

Lexi Sun, our AHRCentre Reprieve intern, writes about Indonesia’s hardline stance on capital punishment for drug-related crimes - an absolute focus on the collective ‘right to life’ rather than on individual rights. Read more...

The Northern Territory Royal Commission: Will it make a difference?

Eleanor Holden, our Human Rights Defender student intern, probes into the current debate that the Royal Commission has failed to highlight and question the over-representation of Indigenous youth in the Northern Territory justice system. Read more...

Podcast from Radio National: Human rights and its importance for business

Last night, ABC's Radio National aired the AHRCentre's 2016 Annual Lecture with Former Asst Secretary of State for the Obama administration, Michael Posner, on Making Progress: Human Rights as an Essential Element of Sustainable Business.

The West itself is fuelling the terrorist threat

AHRCentre project director Chris Michaelsen writes for the Canberra Times that dramatised, martial rhetoric by politicians plays into the hands of IS and its narrative of conflict, causing unnecessary alarm and fear among the public.

National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Department Campaign Outline: ‘Support student safety, stop the war on women.’

The NUS Women’s Department aims to increase support for the safety of students at university, and tackle the high rates of violence and sexual assault against women students.

The Student Voice on Australia's same-sex marriage plebiscite

Rohan Muscat, our Human Rights Defender Student Editor, writes that same-sex marriage will not only grant homosexuals the right to marry. More importantly, it will bring the LGBTIQ community one step closer to equality.

(Not) All Roads Lead to Rome: Ending Impunity for International Crimes in Southeast Asia

Emma Palmer, PhD candidate in the AHRCentre, writes that there are tangible opportunities for building regional perspectives on international criminal accountability within Southeast Asia. Read more and download your copy here...

Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind

AHRCentre Project Director Rosemary Kayess was in New York for the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 14-16 June 2016. Rosemary facilitated the general discussion on the 2030 development agenda.

Human rights as a vocation, from the latest Human Rights Defender

This edition of the Human Rights Defender focuses on human rights as a vocation, through the lens of human rights defenders, combining interviews with human rights practitioners regarding their motivations, challenges and aspirations for the field.