Rights of older persons


The rights of older persons project is led by Prof Andrew Byrnes and Dr Annie Herro.

Annie Herro is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW. The fellowship is also connected to the Australian Human Rights Centre in the Faculty of Law, UNSW. Annie’s research investigates how the rights claims of older persons can be translated into international norms. In particular, her research focuses on the role of the transnational activist network in advancing the campaign to establishing a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

Annie has previously published on issues relating to the United Nations, peacekeeping, the responsibility to protect and the protection of civilians in conflict. Her book UN Emergency Peace Service and the Responsibility to Protect (2015) is published by Routledge as part of the Global Responsibility to Protect series. It investigates the attitudes of political, military and non-state actors towards the idea of a UN Emergency Peace Service, and the issues that might affect the establishment of this service in both theory and practice. Annie is also a visiting scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.

Andrew Byrnes joined the UNSW Law Faculty as Professor of International Law in May 2005. Previously, he was Professor of Law at the Australian National University (2001-2005) and prior to that was Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, where he was Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and Director of the Master of Laws in Human Rights until his departure in 2001. He served as President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law from 2009 to 2013. He is currently Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Human Rights Centre and a member of the Board of the Diplomacy Training Program. He served as external legal adviser to the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Right from November 2012 to September 2014. Areas of expertise include: International law, Human rights law (particularly gender and disability issues) International criminal law, Discrimination law, Terrorism and the law.



2016 Workshop: A United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons



Open-ended Working Group on Ageing for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons 


Submissions concerning the rights of older persons

Equality and non-discrimination: https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/documents/eighth/Inputs%20NGOs/JOINT_NGOs-Equality.pdf

Neglect violence and abuse: https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/documents/eighth/Inputs%20NGOs/JOINT_NGOs-Neglect.pdf