Ten Years of the ACT Human Rights Act

10 years of the ACT Human Rights Act

The Tenth Anniversary Conference

On 1 July 2014, the Centre for International Governance and Justice co-hosted a conference with the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the ACT Human Rights Act.

Speakers at the conference included the ACT’s Chief Minister at the time, Jon Stanhope, as well as the current Attorney-General, Simon Corbell. The program also featured contributions from the ACT Chief Justice Helen Murrell, Professor Andrew Byrnes (University of New South Wales), CIGJ Director Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Dr Helen Watchirs (Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner), Heidi Yates of the Women’s Legal Centre, Professor Jeremy Gans (Melbourne University), Professor Simon Rice (The Australian National University), and Noor Blumer (former President of the ACT Law Society). Violet Sheridan gave the Welcome to Country.

As well as commenting on the anniversary, the speakers considered the impact of the historic legislation and looked at future challenges in the area of human rights law in Australia. Program

The full program from the day can be downloaded here.

Conference papers

Presentation papers from the conference speakers are available below (in pdf format):


An ABC news story on the conference and the history of the Human Rights Act can be viewed on the ABC website.

Commentary on the anniversary by the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Watchirs and the Principal Legal Adviser at the ACT Human Rights Commission Sean Costello is also available at the Sydney Morning Herald.

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