UN admonishes Australia for alarming record on women’s rights

Australia has come under fire for what the United Nations has labelled an “alarming” record on action for women’s rights.

Renewed calls to #RaiseTheAge of criminal responsibility

Indigenous leaders and human rights organisations including Amnesty International have stepped up a campaign to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility for children in…

At the coalface of a refugee crisis

Human rights lawyer Michelle Sanson has been working on the ground in Bangladesh supporting the safety, dignity and rights of Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in…

The case that changed me – Ed Santow

Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow speaks about how a young girl with gorgeous curls changed his legal life.

Changing the human wrongs culture in Australia

Australian legal thinkers may need to become activists to introduce a rights-based perspective in judicial decision-making. It’s a collegiate cause – and one well worth…

Out on a limb: Australia’s troubling exceptionalism on human rights

Australia is the only democratic country without a comprehensive national human rights law. Even non-democratic nations have a charter or bill of rights, excepting only…

Tough work at the coalface of change

Human rights defenders across the world are fighting for gender equality.

Private sponsorship of refugees and humanitarian entrants: risks and rewards for Australia*

A newly established Community Support Programme will enable communities, businesses and individuals to propose refugees and humanitarian entrants for resettlement to Australia.

Refugee assistance blitz: a race to bridge the access to justice gap

The gap in access to justice for people seeking asylum has become substantial. By SIMON BRUCK and NICOLE D’SOUZA.

Young wild and free

From Bolivian prison cells to deaths and kidnappings in war-torn Colombia, Rusty Young has seen it all. The former lawyer and author of Marching Powder…