Australia before the United Nations Human Rights Committee: Observations from the Frontlines

This event has been cancelled. Please email humanrights@unsw.edu.au with any questions

Professor Hélène Tigroudja (Aix-Marseille University) is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The Committee oversees the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Australia is a party, and is where Australians can bring international cases before the violation of their rights. 

The work of this Committee has been very influential in Australian human rights struggles domestically, most notably with Toonen v Australia, the case that led to the decriminalisation of sodomy in the country and the enactment of federal anti-discrimination legislation. In this talk, Professor Tigroudja will discuss recent cases involving Australia before the Committee, ranging from climate change to migrants’ rights to Indigenous peoples’ rights, including observations on routes for the domestic implementation of the jurisprudence of the Committee. 

Chair: Professor Lucas Lixinski, Australian Human Rights Institute Associate and Associate Dean (International) at the Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney.