International human rights law

Transcending human rights legalism: a study of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The international human rights regime is an ambitious global project. It is a celebrated regime with a phenomenal expansion, but its actual outcomes are subject to vigorous academic debate. Meanwhile, human rights scholarship is a deeply legalised area.

Anne Orford masterclass: Critical theory and legal scholarship

This masterclass will explore the role of critical theory in legal scholarship.

For legal scholars, as for many other social scientists, the relation between the critical scholar, the knowledge we produce, and the object of that knowledge is a complicated and contested one.

Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act

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Altman, Jon
Charlesworth, Hilary
and others.

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Jon Altman and Hilary Charlesworth have contributed papers to this collection of papers from the 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Conference.


The year 2015 marks the 40th anniversary year of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). It has been an important opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in race relations since the Act’s inception, and on what remains to be achieved.

This publication brings together a selection of papers presented at a conference held on 19 and 20 February 2015 to mark the occasion. The conference brought together leading scholars and experts in human rights, public law and multiculturalism – with more than 100 people attending sessions on each of the two days. Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove also delivered a special address to the conference.

The papers in this publication reflect the major themes explored in February: the Act’s history and impact, the question of racial vilification and free speech, emergent challenges concerning cyber racism, the relationship between race and religion, systemic outcomes and the law, and the Act’s ability to protect Indigenous Australians against racial discrimination.

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Altman, Jon and Shelley Bielefeld. 2015. ‘Australia’s first peoples: still struggling for protection against racial discrimination’. In Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act: Papers from the 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Conference, August 2015, 196-206. Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission.

Charlesworth, Hilary. 2015. ‘Translating the International Convention on Racial Discrimination into Australian law’. In Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act: Papers from the 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Conference, August 2015, 55-65. Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Kamari Clarke masterclass: Studying how law travels in multi-sited transnational spaces

The Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) is pleased to announce a ‘Festival of International Law’ in October.

This masterclass is one of three Festival of International Law events looking at new research directions in international criminal law.


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