Human Rights Law and Policy

Honorary Professor
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Migration and Movement of Peoples
Honorary Associate Professor
Research interests:
Migration and Movement of Peoples
Honorary Lecturer
Research interests:
Migration and Movement of Peoples
Honorary Professor
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Legal Theory
Professor
Research interests:
Criminal Law, Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Law and technology, Law, Governance and Development, Migration and Movement of Peoples, Private Law, Regulatory Law and Policy
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Criminal Law, Law and Social Justice, Law and technology
Associate Professor
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Law and Gender, Regulatory Law and Policy, Human Rights Law and Policy
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Administrative Law, Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Law and Gender, Law and Social Justice, Migration and Movement of Peoples
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Migration and Movement of Peoples, Law and Social Justice
Research interests:
Migration and Movement of Peoples
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Administrative Law
Associate Professor
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Human Rights Law and Policy, Law and Gender, Law and Social Justice
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Environmental Law, Human Rights Law and Policy, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, International Law, Law, Governance and Development, Migration and Movement of Peoples
Associate Lecturer
Research interests:
Indigenous Peoples and the Law
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Migration and Movement of Peoples, Law and Gender, Human Rights Law and Policy, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, Law and Social Justice, Legal History
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Law and Gender, Legal Theory
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Migration and Movement of Peoples
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
Criminal Law, Migration and Movement of Peoples
Honorary Associate Professor
Research interests:
Criminal Law, Human Rights Law and Policy
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Law and Gender, Legal Theory, Migration and Movement of Peoples
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Administrative Law, Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Migration and Movement of Peoples
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
Migration and Movement of Peoples, Administrative Law, Law and Gender
Senior Lecturer
Emerita Professor
Research interests:
Law and Gender, Human Rights Law and Policy
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Migration and Movement of Peoples
Visiting Fellow
Research interests:
Administrative Law, Human Rights Law and Policy, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, International Law, Law and Religion
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Human Rights Law and Policy, International Law, Law and Religion, Law and Social Justice, Legal Theory, Migration and Movement of Peoples

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03
Nov
2022
Rosie Heselev
As a teenager, Rosie Heselev decided to study law because she wanted to make a difference in addressing social issues. Through some of the programs available to students at The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law, she was able to establish a path that affects change.
28
Jul
2022
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27
Jul
2022
Professor Jolyon Ford SFHEA has spent the past three months in the United States furthering his modern slavery research as a Fulbright Fellow.
Professor Jolyon Ford SFHEA has spent the past three months in the United States furthering his modern slavery research as a Fulbright Fellow.
23
Jun
2022
Jennifer Darmody
Several years after graduating from ANU, Jennifer Darmody (LLB/BFin ’15) was working as a solicitor at a top-tier law firm when she made the decision to sign with an Australian women’s road cycling team and pursue life as an athlete instead.
24
Jan
2022
Sexual harassment
A study led by eminent socio-legal and feminist scholar Emerita Professor Margaret Thornton FAAL FASSA will examine the impact of costs and damages in sexual harassment cases across Australia.

In the Media

12
Jul
2022

On trial for telling the truth

Kieran Pender talks to 7am Podcast

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04
Apr
2022

'Strong evidence' of war crimes after civilian bodies found in Ukraine

Donald Rothwell speaks to ABC Radio

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Upcoming events

13
Dec
2022

Twenty-fourth Geoffrey Sawer Lecture: Human Rights: Beyond Tragedies and Atrocities

Philip Alston
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Philip Alston AO

Philip Alston AO presents the 24th Annual Geoffrey Sawer Lecture, 'Human Rights: Beyond Tragedies and Atrocities'.

01
Dec
2022

Schools, Blood, Guns, & Bombs: Education in Myanmar’s Pro-Democracy Struggle

Myanmar
11.00AM to 12.30PM
  • Dr Ka Lok Yip
  • Dr Su Yin Htun
  • Yamin (pseudonym)

Myanmar Law webinar series.

Past events

02
Jun
2016

Just war, punishment and humanitarian intervention: The re-moralisation of the use of force

Mitt Regan
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Mitt Regan, Georgetown Law Center

Classical just war theory regarded punishment of wrongdoing a just cause for war.  This idea has been rejected by most modern theorists, and especially prominently by international law in the decades since the end of World War II.  For the most part, during these decades the use of force has been deemed legitimate by a state only in its own defense or in defense of another state that has requested assistance.

22
Nov
2016

Global protection challenges and the New York declaration

Volker Turk
6.00PM to 7.30PM
  • Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), Volker Türk

This year, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration – the first of its kind in 65 years – which affirms the core principles of refugee protection and sets the stage for sharing responsibilities for protection more equitably and widely from the outset of refugee situations. 

13
Feb
2017

The explosive President: Donald Trump’s migration policy and its impact on international law and non-discrimination principles

Donald Trump
5.30PM to 7.00PM

Recent executive orders issues by President Donald Trump have shocked many and created an unprecedented travel crisis. 

08
Sep
2017

40th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia

Black and White Photo of a Federal Court Sitting
9.00AM to 1.00PM

The ANU Centre for Commercial Law and Centre for International and Public Law are proud to announce a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Court of Australia. 

07
Aug
2017

ALRC inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Matthew Myers
3.00PM to 4.00PM
  • Judge Matthew Myers AM, ALRC Commissioner

Judge Myers will speak about his work as ALRC Commissioner on the inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

28
Sep
2017

Fair trial rights in the European Court of Human Rights: Recent cases

European Court of Human Rights
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law

Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to a fair trial in civil and criminal proceedings. The Article 6 rights are the most heavily-litigated Convention rights before the European Court of Human Rights, generating a large and complex body of case law. 

12
Sep
2017

Julian Burnside in conversation with Simon Rice

Book Cover
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Julian Burnside
  • Professor Simon Rice OAM
  • Professor Stephen Bottomley

ANU/THE CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR

In Watching Out, a successor volume to his best-selling Watching Brief, noted barrister and human-rights advocate Julian Burnside explains the origins of our legal system, looks at the way it operates in practice, and points out ways in which does and doesn't run true to its ultimate purposes. Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemperate age.

10
Nov
2017

Combatting impunity in grand corruption: the case for an International Anti-Corruption Court

Go to jail
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Mark L Wolf, Senior United States District Judge

Public corruption is endemic at the highest levels of government in many nations. Such ‘grand corruption’ is costly, closely correlated with the most serious abuses of human rights, and threatens the stability of many nations and the world. An International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC), similar to the ICC or as part of it, should now be established to provide a forum for the criminal enforcement of the laws prohibiting grand corruption that exist in virtually every country, and the undertakings that are requirements of various treaties and international organisations.

26
Apr
2018

Is sovereignty necessary? The role of sovereignty in Indigenous child protection

Marcia Zug
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Marcia Zug

This research seminar will examine whether a national law, similar to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), could be enacted in Australia. The ICWA was passed in response to the long history of government removals of Indian children from their families and tribes

05
Jul
2018

The role of international human rights law in the prevention of ethnic conflicts

Fernand de Varennes
6.00PM to 7.15PM
  • Dr Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

It is sometimes forgotten that one of the premises of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law. 

04
Apr
2019

Brexit, referendums and deliberative democracy

Matt Qvortrup
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Matt Qvortrup, Coventry University
13
Feb
2019

The crime of aggression: Useless, anachronistic - and beautiful

Kevin Heller
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Professor Kevin Heller
27
Mar
2019

The Children Act- Film Screening and Panel discussion

Law Reform and Social Justice
7.30PM to 9.00PM
  • Professor Tom Faunce
  • Justice John Faulks, former family Court Judge and ALRC commissioner,
  • Justice Mary Finn, former family Court Judge, former member of the ANU Council

The ANU College of Law, Law Reform and Social Justice Program proudly presents The Children Act.

23
Jul
2019

In Conversation with Ron McCallum

In Conversation with Ron McCallum
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Ron McCallum AO - The University of Sydney
  • Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA - Australian National University

Ron McCallum AO will be in conversation with Professor Kim Rubenstein on Ron's memoir, Born at the Right Time.

21
Oct
2019

The UN Human Rights Council and Australia

The UN Human Rights Council and Australia
6.30PM to 7.30PM
  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth

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.

22
Oct
2019

LRSJ Careers Seminar: Promoting Human Rights with the Law

LRSJ Careers Seminar: Promoting Human Rights with the Law
12.00PM to 1.30PM
  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth

Join LRSJ and Professor Hilary Charlesworth for lunch as we talk about her career path and more.

29
Jul
2020

Protection from Refuge: The Role of Courts along the Refugee Journey

Protection from Refuge
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Kate Ogg

Join Dr Kate Ogg as she addresses one of the most significant problems facing the refugee protection regime: that the places in which people in need of international protection seek refuge are often as dangerous and bleak as the conditions they fled.

05
Aug
2020

Transparency and accountability in the ‘age of information’

Transparency and accountability in the ‘age of information’
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Associate Professor Jolyon Ford

Join Associate Professor Jolyon Ford as he explores some design assumptions behind the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cwth), Australia’s new non-punitive yet mandatory corporate reporting scheme on human rights risks in supply chains.

24
Feb
2021

Human Rights Act 2004 of the ACT

Human Rights Act 2004 of the ACT
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Miho Aoi

Join ANU College of Law Visiting Fellow Professor Miho Aoi as she discusses her research on the Human Rights Act 2004 (HRA) of the ACT. Her overall research plan is on the mode of Australian human rights protection, which can be said to be an exception compared to the global constitutionalism.

03
Mar
2021

LRSJ Virtual Recruitment Drive 2021

LRSJ Virtual Recruitment Drive 2021
1.00PM to 2.00PM

Join the Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) annual launch and recruitment drive to hear from our director, Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, our student leaders to learn about how to get involved.

04
May
2021

Book Launch: Better Law for a Better World

Book Launch: Better Law for a Better World
5.30PM to 7.15PM
  • Dr Liz Curran

Join Dr Liz Curran in the launch of her new book, Better Law for a Better World: New Approaches to Law Practice and Education.

21
Apr
2021

The Lawful Forest: A Critical History of Property, Protest and Spatial Justice

Photo by Etienne Delorieux on Unsplash
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Cristy Clark

Hosted by the ANU College of Law Visitors Committee, this seminar will be presented by Dr Cristy Clark (University of Canberra Law School).

27
May
2021

Modern slavery event series

Modern slavery protest
5.30PM to 12.00PM

Join ANU College of Asia Pacific and ANU College of Law in this two-day event series addressing modern slavery in the Oceania region and beyond.

11
Oct
2021

Panel discussion: LGBTIQA* journeys

LGBTQIA
12.00PM

Join us as we speak to members of the ANU College of Law LGBTIQA* community about their experiences as students to leading change where they work now.

20
Oct
2021

Alumni panel: Careers in social justice, law reform and advocacy

Alumni Panel
5.30PM to 6.30PM

Join our alumni panel in this online discussion hosted by ANU Law Reform and Social Justice that explores careers in social justice, law reform and advocacy.

18
Oct
2021

Modern slavery in supply chains: Assessing corporate reporting

 Modern slavery in supply chains: Assessing corporate reporting
5.30PM to 6.30PM

Who makes our clothes and under what conditions do they work? Join experts and student research interns from ANU College of Law who will discuss the emerging patterns of corporate reporting on modern slavery.

18
Jun
2022

Twenty Minutes With The Devil

Professor Desmond Manderson FAAL, FASSA, FRSC
7.30PM to 9.00PM

Part thriller, part black comedy, this play is inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016. But Twenty Minutes With The Devil transcends its original context, opening instead onto a world that is everywhere and nowhere, in an idiom at once strange and familiar. It asks vital questions about law, politics, and justice in the modern world. About the lives and decisions out of our control that seem to hold us all hostage. And the patterns that entrap us in other ways parents and children, myths and beliefs, childhood memories and fantasies of escape.

01
Mar
2022

LRSJ Launch and Recruitment Drive 2022

LRSJ Virtual Recruitment Drive 2021
12.00PM to 1.00PM

Join the Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) annual launch and recruitment drive to hear from our director, Associate Professor Matthew Zagor and our student leaders to learn about how to get involved.

13
Apr
2022

Book launch: 'The Laws of Yesterday’s Wars'

The Laws of Yesterday's Wars
5.30PM to 7.30PM
  • Air Commodore Patrick Keane AM CSC
  • Professor Tim McCormack FAAL
  • Samuel White

Launch of 'The Laws of Yesterday's Wars', hosted by ANU's Centre for Military and Security Law.

24
Mar
2022

International Status in the Shadow of Empire: Nauru and the Histories of International Law

Visitors Seminar Series: Dr Cait Storr
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Cait Storr

Hosted by the ANU College of Law Visitors Committee, this seminar will be presented by Dr Cait Storr, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney).

27
Apr
2022

Human goods and human rights law

Visitors Seminar Series: Dr Grégoire Webber
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Dr Grégoire Webber

Hosted by the ANU College of Law Visitors Committee, this seminar will be presented by Dr Grégoire Webber (Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law).

11
May
2022

The afterlife of criminal evidence

Visitors Seminar Series: Professor Katherine Biber
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Katherine Biber

Hosted by the ANU College of Law Visitors Committee, this seminar will be presented by Professor Katherine Biber (University of Technology Sydney).

04
Aug
2022

Japan-Australia relations: human rights and environmental protection

Australia-Japan Reciprocal Access Agreement
6.00PM to 7.30PM
  • Professor Donald Rothwell
  • Dr Mai Sato
  • Andre Kwok

The Law Reform and Social Justice program proudly presents: Australia-Japan Reciprocal Access Agreement panel discussion

24
Aug
2022

Judicial Loyalty to the Military in Authoritarian Regimes: How the Courts are Militarised in Myanmar

Professor Melissa Crouch
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Melissa Crouch

Hosted by the ANU College of Law Visitors Committee, this seminar will be presented by Professor Melissa Crouch (UNSW).

10
Oct
2022

World Day Against the Death Penalty: The Fragility of Abolition in Asia and the Pacific

source: World Coalition Against the death penalty
4.00PM to 6.00PM

Panel discussion event to mark the World Day against the death penalty.

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