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The Role of Committees in Rights Protection in Federal and State Parliaments in Australia

In the most recent issue of the University of New South Wales Law Journal, PLPRU members Laura Grenfell and Sarah Moulds examine the role of parliamentary committees in rights protection. Laura and Sarah’s article: offers a snapshot of how Australian parliamentary committees scrutinise Bills for their rights-compliance in circumstances where the political stakes are high […]

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A seminar to mark Refugee Week: Contemporary Issues of Asylum

PLPRU is co-hosting a refugee week seminar delivered by Natasha Yacoub on Wednesday 21 June from 5.30-7.00 at Adelaide Law School. Natasha Yacoub is the Senior Protection Officer at the UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra. Natasha joined UNHCR in 2001, working in both conflict and non-conflict settings. She worked at UNHCR in Myanmar until January […]

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US deal is a good news story for refugees – here’s why it took so long

In a piece written for The Conversation, PLPRU Director Alex Reilly explains the context surrounding, and implications of, the Australian government’s plan to resettle asylum seekers in the US.

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EVENT: Accommodating Rights? Religion, Speech and Equality in Australia

Accommodating Rights? Religion, Speech and Equality in Australia a symposium to discuss aspects of the ALRC’s Freedoms Inquiry The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) in partnership with the Public Law and Policy Research Unit (PLPRU) and the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion at Adelaide Law School invite you to attend […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: Human Rights under the Microscope: Reflections on Parliamentary Scrutiny

Human Rights under the Microscope: Reflections on Parliamentary Scrutiny The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights was established in 2012 to systematically scrutinise all federal bills against 7 of the core international human rights treaties Australia has ratified.  This seminar will offer both legal and political reflections on how this process of scrutinising human rights […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: A Well-Founded Fear? Australian Refugee Law Update

Dr Matthew Stubbs, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of South Australia invites you to attend: A Well-Founded Fear? Australian Refugee Law Update A Discussion Panel Seminar on Refugee Rights and Changes to Refugee Laws This seminar will address issues concerning refugee rights and changes in the global context. The speakers […]

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Adelaide scholars oppose changes to protections against racially motivated hate speech

The Commonwealth government recently sought public submissions on proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). The proposed amendments replace the existing provisions that protect against racially motivated hate speech (ss 18B-18E), with a new provision: (1)   It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if: (a) the […]

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Gillard Visit an Opportunity to Present on Human Rights Research

On 21 March 2014, the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender (FGC) hosted a reception for the University of Adelaide’s new Honorary Visiting Professor (and former Prime Minister), Julia Gillard.  The FGC builds on the University’s commitment to promote social justice, equality and diversity in the community and its own workplace.  Alongside the Public […]

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‘Not all human beings can be classified by sex as either male or female’: Accuracy trumps institutional convenience.

Post by Dr Laura Grenfell ‘Not all human beings can be classified by sex as either male or female’.  In the twenty-first century this statement regarding gender and sex diversity is hardly ground-breaking.  However, coming from our apex court in Australia, the High Court, it will create ripples in the legal world.  In the past […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: Current human rights issues in South Australia

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights presents:   ‘Current human rights issues in South Australia’ by the Honourable Catherine Branson QC Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is a network of Australian lawyers and law students active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights. The South Australian branch of ALHR is holding its first […]

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