Human rights

The UN Human Rights Council and Australia

Hosted by Amnesty International (Canberra) and ANU Law Reform and Social Justice

Australia was elected as a member of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in 2017. In this seminar, Professor Hilary Charlesworth will talk about the role of the Council in promoting human rights and how Australia has engaged with the work of the Council.

Professor

Professor Alison Dundes Renteln is an ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting Fellow on Australian and the World. A Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California, with joint appointments in Anthropology, Law, and Public Policy, she teaches Law and Public Policy with an emphasis on comparative and international law.

HDR/ECR Masterclass: Research methods in law, culture and identity

This Masterclass will explore how to undertake ground-breaking research on the complex relationship between culture and law. The rule of law requires that like cases be treated alike. But what does this mean when it comes to cultural differences? How should cultural context be accounted for in law-making and judicial decision-making? When law refuses to consider cultural claims, is it repressive because it forces assimilation? The central normative question is whether the law ought to follow a policy of assimilation or one of accommodation.

Recognising the human right to a name and the implications for giving and changing personal names

Names serve as important symbolic representations of individual identities and as a crucial tool for state documentation of those who reside within their borders. This analysis considers the extent to which the right to a name is protected under international law and general principles like privacy and freedom of expression.

Reconsidering ‘revolution by constitution’: Law, social change, justice

Based on long-term ethnographic research on the “revolution by constitution” in contemporary Bolivia, this talk will examine the theoretical implications of the country’s turn to law as the principle mechanism of structural change and justice-seeking. Given Bolivia’s dependence on law as arguably one of the most radical laboratories for post-Cold War transformation, it offers a unique empirical vantage point for examining the outer boundaries where legal categories and discourses, social change, and historical accounts of justice meet.

Professor

Mark Goodale holds a chair at the University of Lausanne, where he is Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory of Cultural and Social Anthropology (LACS).

The Annual Kirby Lecture in International Law: New Zealand, Australia and International Human Rights: 1919-2019

In this tribute to the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC will reflect on international human rights issues in which Australia and New Zealand have engaged over the past century. Why have the members of the three branches of government of the two countries taken concordant or discordant positions on those matters? What roles have the academy and the wider public played?

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

Current issues in international law: A view from an Australian in the United Kingdom

Join Professor Robert McCorquodale for an informal Q&A chaired by Trina Malone of the Office of International Law focusing on recent happenings and future directions in international law from the perspective of an Australian practising public international law in the United Kingdom. Matters touched upon will include the Chagos Archipelago Proceedings before the International Court of Justice, challenges associated with Brexit and recent business and human rights initiatives involving governments, multilateral development banks, corporations and civil society.

Corporations and human rights regulations

This talk will consider the regulation of corporations for the human rights impacts of their activities. It will include the role of legislation, industry sectors and civil society, as well as courts, in regulation of the actions of corporations that abuse human rights. It will use the framework of developments in the area of responsible business conduct, especially of human rights due diligence, and changing corporate expectations.

Dr

Nicky's recent interests are public international law, human rights law, secularism and religious freedom, anti-discrimination law, politics, consumer issues and consumer law.

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