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The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law seeks to promote and protect human rights through the generation and dissemination of public scholarship in international and domestic human rights law. In pursuit of this mission, the Centre brings the work of human rights scholars, practitioners and advocates from a wide range of disciplines together in the Centre’s key activities of research, teaching, public education (lectures, seminars, conferences, speeches, media presentations, etc), applied research, advice work and consultancies.

Why Tim Wilson is wrong about “n______”

April 10, 2014

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By Patrick Emerton A little over a week ago, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson stated that he objects to current laws governing racially offensive behaviour because they allow members of particular communities to refer to one another using words that outsiders may not: Asked whether he was referring to the word “n–––“, Mr Wilson said: “I […]

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An open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

March 5, 2014

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On 2 March, over 500 academics from more than 30 Australian universities (including Castan Centre Directors and Associates) signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the immediate closure of the detention centres on Manus Island and in Nauru. Academics can still add their names at this link.  We have reprinted the full text of the […]

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New book offers a different perspective on torture

February 21, 2014

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A new book by Castan Centre Associate Dr Ronli Sifris, providing another angle on a feminist understanding of international human rights, will be launched in early March. The book, Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture, examines restrictions on reproductive freedom through the lens of the right to be free from torture […]

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2014 Global Interns Take Off

November 18, 2013

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Global Interns (Clockwise from top left) Ruvini Leitan, Sally Harris, Claerwen O’Hara, Isabella Royce, Chandni Dhingra and Kelsey Paske. The Castan Centre has again awarded exciting internship opportunities to eight Monash law students with a strong and longstanding interest in human rights. Here, meet the exceptional students who will bring their skills to a diverse […]

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Award winner driven by passion for human rights

October 23, 2013

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A life spent in different cultures has led a Monash student and former Castan Centre Global Intern to her recent win of the prestigious Paul Baker Award. Final year Juris Doctor student, Kylie Pearce, has devoted much of her spare time to promoting human rights, both in Australia and overseas, and is now the first […]

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PNG legal challenge very likely [video]

July 24, 2013

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In this 10 minute video, Centre Associate Dr Azadeh Dastyari talks to Tim Lester, Fairfax’s online political editor, about Labor’s new hard-line asylum policy and how it is in clear breach of international law. She also explains why a court challenge is very likely. Watch the video on the Sydney Morning Herald website here.

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Dan Mori’s Castan Centre talk on targeted killings [video]

January 22, 2013

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From 2003 to 2007, Dan Mori (often known by his first name, Michael or Major Mori) represented Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks. The Castan Centre was proud to have former Lieutenant Colonel Mori give the keynote address at our recent human rights gala in October 2012. In the twenty minute video below, Mr Mori […]

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2012 stats for Castan Centre blog

December 31, 2012

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 32,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

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Short and long videos from our 2012 Conference – Kerry Arabena on Indigenous Constitutional recognition

September 20, 2012

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News has broken today that the Commonwealth Government has postponed plans for a Constitutional referendum to recognise Indigenous peoples in Australia’s Constitution.  According to Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, the decision was made because there is insufficient community awareness of the proposal. Kerry Arabena, who is Director of Research for the School for Indigenous Health at Monash […]

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Short and long videos from our 2012 Conference – Susan Ryan

September 14, 2012

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The Hon Susan Ryan AO is Australia’s first ever Age Discrimination Commissioner. We were fortunate enough to host her at our annual conference on 20 July this year and have posted two videos below. In this 5 minute Q&A Susan Ryan discusses the prevalence of age discrimination, whether or not Australian law adequately protects older […]

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