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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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PLPRU makes a submission on Racial Discrimination Act ss 18C, 18D

PLPRU members the Hon. Catherine Branson QC, Associate Professor Laura Grenfell, Professor Geoffrey Lindell AM, Professor Emerita Rosemary Owens AO and Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs, have written a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act 1975. The Joint Committee has been asked by the Attorney-General to report […]

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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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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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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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Assessing Australia’s Immigration Detention against Rule of Law Principles

Adelaide Law School’s Associate Professor Alexander Reilly with Justine Stefanelli of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law recently wrote a piece for Rights Now on immigration detention in Australia. Alex and Justine argue that rights talk is losing traction in relation to the treatment of people in immigration detention, and suggest that the […]

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Changing the legal definition of sex

Two inter-related federal law reform proposals extending legal protection and recognition to intersex people are currently being considered: the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 and draft Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Gender. The Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill will amend the existing federal prohibitions against sex discrimination […]

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What makes law ‘public’?

Convenor of the Public Law Research Community at the Adelaide Law School, Dr Gabrielle Appleby attempts to answer the question of what makes law ‘public’? As the convener of the Public Law Research Community I have often been asked what is ‘public law’. My response is that I have always thought of public law broadly, […]

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