Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia

Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia

By Paula Gerber, Melissa Castan


$126.50 RRP

Date: 12/10/2012

Code: 9780455229973

Thomson Reuters, AUSTRALIA


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Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia provides a comprehensive, accessible and scholarly examination of many of the key human rights issues facing Australia today. Written for human rights and legal scholars, legal practitioners and those readers who wish to increase their understanding of the field, this book provides a timely and intriguing discussion on the law and policy regarding the application of human rights standards in Australia today.

The contributors are many of the nation’s leading and emerging experts in human rights, drawn from both legal and non-legal disciplines, and from varied backgrounds including universities, NGOs and the Australian Human Rights Commission. The authors outline and explore a collection of thought-provoking and controversial topics, presenting clear, articulate and engaging chapters that skilfully highlight both introductory ideas and in-depth critical analysis.

Editorial Reviews

"This book offers a remarkable portrait of the state of human rights protection in Australia towards the end of 2012.  It reveals a country that enjoys many important attributes of basic human rights, but a land that is seriously ambivalent about the desirable means of securing such rights. This book will contribute to advancing the dialogue and encouraging greater enlightenment about the protection of human rights." - The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

 "This book is just what we need; an insightful analysis of the current state of human rights law in Australia, along with guidance about how we can improve the protection and  promotion of human rights in this country." - Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission

"This is a timely and important book for all Australians, but it should be compulsory reading for all Australian parliamentarians” - Julian Burnside


Table of Contents

Volume 1, 2nd Edition

  1. Reflections and Dimensions on Human Rights in Australia (Melissa Castan & Paula Gerber)
  2. Australia’s Human Rights Framework: Has it improved Accountability? (Adam Fletcher & Phil Lynch)
  3. The Fragile Foundations of the Human Rights Protections: Why Australia needs a Human Rights Instrument (Julie Debeljak)
  4. The Constitution, the High Court and Human Rights (Melissa Castan)
  5. Australia’s Engagement with the United Nations (Kate Eastman)
  6. Protection and Enjoyment of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Andrew Byrnes)
  7. Anti Discrimination Laws in Australia (Beth Gaze)
  8. Human Rights and Disability: An Australian Experience (Piers Gooding & Rosemary Kayess)
  9. Illuminating the Invisible: Women’s Human Rights in Australian Law and Policy (Tania Penovic)
  10. Abortion and Human Rights Australia: To What Extent does Australian law and Pratice Facilitate a Woman's Right to Terminate a Pregnancy (Ronli Sifris)
  11. Children’s rights in Australia: Still Confronting the challenges (John Tobin)
  12. Human Rights and Australia’s Indigenous Peoples (Mick Gooda)
  13. Marrul (changing season): Understanding Indigenous Rights (Inala Cooper & Shannan Dodson)
  14. Boat People and the entrechment of exclusion (Tania Penovic)
  15. The Human Rights impact of Australia’s Mental Health Laws (Bernadette McSherry)
  16. Protecting the Human Rights of Prisoners in Australia (Bronwyn Naylor)
  17. A Human Right to a Healthy Environment (Rowena Cantley-Smith)
  18. Protecting the Right to Freedom of religion and belief (Luke Beck)
  19. Should Australia be doing more to combat Islamophobia? (Farinaz Zamani Ashni & Paula Gerber)
  20. Muslim Identity and Human Rights in Australia (Samina Yasmeen)
  21. Do Australians Care about Racism? Awareness, Hierarchies of Sympathy and Universality of Human Rights (Kevin Dunn)
  22. Human Rights Education within Australian Schools (Paula Gerber and Annie Pettitt)

Volume 2

  1. Emerging Challenges in Australian Human Rights Law (Melissa Castan and Paula Gerber)
  2. Rule of law and  human rights in Australia (Lisa Burton Crawford)
  3. Surrogacy and human rights in Australia (Stephen Page)
  4. Realising the right to birth registration in Australia (Paula Gerber & Melissa Castan)
  5. Institutional child sex abuse (Viv Waller)
  6. Juvenile Justice (Chris Cunneen)
  7. Policing, criminal law and human rights (Stephen Gray)
  8. Family Violence from a human rights perspective (Kate Fitzgibbon, Sandra Walklate, Tess Bartlett)
  9. Advance Australia “Fair”: LGBTI rights post marriage equality (Paula Gerber, Phoebe Lindner & Caitlin Grover)
  10. Human rights and older people (Susan Field & Karen Williams)
  11. Human rights at the end of life (Lindy Willmott & Ben White)
  12. Big data, government, privacy and human rights (Kate Galloway)
  13. Human rights & business (Shelley Marshall & Olivia Dean)
  14. Indigenous – self-determination & constitutional recognition (Harry Hobbs)
  15. From a Human Right to a Healthy Environment to the Environment’s Right to be Healthy’ – Nature as a Holder of Rights (Katie O’Bryan)
  16. Human rights and Women’s Sports: Successes, challenges and lessons (Kate Seear & Liam Elphick)
  17. Human rights, anti-terrorism and national security laws (Nicola McGarrity)
  18. Racial Discrimination in Australia: Legal Responses (Tim Soutphommasane)
  19. Protecting free speech in Australia (Katherine Gelber)
  20. Social media and free speech in the workplace (Colin Campbell)
  21. Human rights and civil society advocacy (Hugh de Kretser)
  22. Australia’s exceptionalism: Antipathy towards human rights? (Sarah Joseph)


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