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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

International Human Rights Day celebrations…

Hilary Charlesworth

CIGJ Director, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, was one of a panel of eminent speakers hosted by the ACT Human Rights Commission at the National Library last week to mark International Human Rights Day. The event, ‘A human rights century: commitment or continuing resistance?’ was broadcast last night on Radio National, and the Honourable Michael Kirby’s contribution is also available on-line.

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High Court Nudges Australia Closer to Marriage Equality

By Holly Ritson

University of Adelaide and CIGJ, ANU

Photo: Mktp's photostream,

Photo: Mktp’s photostream,

The High Court yesterday handed down its unanimous and expeditious decision on the invalidity of the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013.

While there was understandable disappointment in the court’s declaration that the act, and any marriages solemnised under it, are of no effect, the court has delivered a judgment that should provide cause for celebration for equal marriage advocates, and those of us who enjoy a novel interpretation of a constitutional provision. Continue Reading →

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Creating a Sporting Chance? A Query into the UN Agenda on Sport for Development and Peace

By Kate Henne

Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Image from

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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Many readers may not know that sport is considered a human right. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for all,” acknowledging that everyone should have access to and the ability to participate in sport, play, and physical activity.

Despite this long-standing recognition, the UN took little action in this space – that is, until fairly recently. Within current UN agendas, sport emerges as a tool for development, one that, according to advocates, can support all of the Millennium Development Goals. Continue Reading →