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Legalising responsibility for human rights in global supply chains

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan writes that while there is no doubt that global supply chains have long been associated with a range of human rights violations, such harms are now being increasingly well documented, leading to greater demands for corporate accountability.

Listen/read more from Michael Posner on business and human rights

On 25 May 2016 Michael Posner delivered the AHRCentre Annual Lecture to a crowd of over 300 people in the Law Theatre at UNSW Law. To listen or read his lecture or access more information on business and human rights, click on the title above.

The business of human rights on Late Night Live with Michael Posner

Can a business degree teach you how to be a responsible corporate citizen when it comes to human rights? Listen to a podcast with ABC's Radio National's Phillip Adams and Amruta Slee as they speak with Michael Posner, who will deliver the AHRCentre Annual Lecture tomorrow night.

Fighting income inequality: the role business can play

Michael Posner will deliver tomorrow night's AHRCentre Annual Lecture. Today he wrote about global economic inequality, the centrality of investing in long-term sustainable business models and other business and human rights issues in The Conversation. Read the article here...

Australian universities have zero tolerance for sex assaults on campus

The AHRCentre, with input from Australian Bureau of Statistics experts, is in the process of creating a survey on sexual assault and harassment and the effectiveness of reporting procedures for Australian universities. Read more from UNSW's VC Ian Jacobs' recent article...

President Obama’s visit to Cuba: revisiting discussions about human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay

Samudhya Jayasekara, our AJHR intern, writes that the 2016 Guantanamo Closure Plan offers a strong indication that Bush’s gun-slinging ‘War on Terror’ is slowly losing traction...but only time will truly tell. Read the full article.

A World Without the Death Penalty: Australia’s Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

On 5 May 2016, AHRCentre Chair Prof Andrew Byrnes delivered evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on Australia's advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. Read more...

Disability in our criminal (in)justice system

HRD student editor Rohan Muscat argues that clearly there is an urgent need for significant reform on our criminal justice system, and this can only take place after we reconceptualise people with complex needs. Read more about this...

Business and Human Rights – From Principles to Practice

AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan's latest book examines how, in a global economy, multinational companies often operate in jurisdictions where governments are either unable or unwilling to uphold even the basic human rights of their own citizens. Read more...

The American Death Penalty: Progress and Politics

No system of capital punishment is immune from the capricious and arbitrary prejudices that obscure justice in even the most free and equal societies, let alone those which today remain under the grip of totalitarianism, writes Josh Thorp for The Student Voice.