To many observers who increasingly despair at the limp efforts by governments and corporations to address the climate emergency, environmental law can seem like one of the most viable strategies to meaningfully and swiftly address the crisis. Environmental law, given that it’s concerned with the protection of environmental ‘public goods’ or ‘commons’
The Right to a Healthy Environment may be implied in the Australian Constitution. I argue this position based on existing precedent regarding constitutional implications: the High Court recognises that rights may be implied in the Constitution if ‘necessary’ to protect the Constitution itself: Lange (1997)
In early March, then Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton signalled his intention to proscribe British Neo-Nazi group Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD), a terrorist organisation. This represented a significant, if contextually alarming, moment in Australian history.
This sidelining of human rights makes it easier to subordinate human rights as less important than economic interests, writes Lee Carnie.
It is clear, now more than ever, that the Federal Government’s policy approach towards unemployment benefits — as a social good and a human right — warrants public scrutiny.
Noted barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside calls for a fairer legal system in his latest book, Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice.
Parliament shouldn’t use the NT Royal Commission as a reason to sit on its hands.
The new Charter of Human Rights Bench Book aims to boost application, and understanding, of Victoria’s key human rights legislation.
Advancing human rights protections should be a more central component of Australian foreign policy.
Dan Rogers and Emma Phillips explain the reasons behind the push for a human rights Act in Queensland.
Freya Dinshaw discusses the increasing demand that the corporate world also respect human rights.