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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

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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.

The celebrations last week also marked a decade since the introduction to parliament of the ACT’s Human Rights Act 2004. The Act is Australia’s first legislative instrument dedicated to the protection of human rights. Its successful enactment followed an intensive period of community engagement and discussion, led by a Consultative Committee appointed by the Stanhope Labor Government in 2002 and chaired by Hilary Charlesworth (read the Committee’s Report, ‘Towards an ACT Human Rights Act’).   Hilary also co-authored a major report documenting the Act’s first five years of operation.

Visiting PhD Scholarships

A reminder to PhD scholars working in the arena of human rights and enrolled at universities other than ANU that applications are now open for our visiting PhD scholarship program.

See you in the new year!

This edition of CIGJ news & events marks our final Regarding Rights post for 2013. We wish all our readers a safe and peaceful end of the year, thank our writers for their wonderful contributions, and look forward to more bracing human rights conversations in 2014.

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