Australia’s human rights record will be the subject of a global dialogue between governments at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in November 2015 when Australia participates in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR complements the other processes at the UN level that provide accountability for human rights outcomes. The UPR is an opportunity for Australia to:
- take stock of how well we are protecting the human rights of all people in Australia;
- inform the international community of the human rights situation in Australia; and
- engage with other countries about specified steps Australia will take to improve the enjoyment of human rights in Australia.
Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs will reflect on the UPR process and discuss how it can be utilised to better promote the realisation of human rights in Australia.
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a Governor of the College of Law.
Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.
Professor Triggs' is the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices (2nd Ed, 2011).
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Australian Human Rights Centre
The AHRCentre aims to promote public awareness and academic scholarship about domestic and international human rights standards, laws and procedures through research projects, education programs and publications. The Centre brings together practitioners, research fellows and student interns from Australia and internationally to research, teach and debate contemporary human rights issues. The Centre also publishes the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Human Rights Defender and hosts a number of seminars and events each year.