What does ALHR do?
ALHR utilises the legal and human rights expertise of its extensive national network of active members to engage in the following activities:
- Promoting the practice of human rights law in Australia and lawyers’ use of their professional skills in supporting and promoting human rights in Australia.
- Assisting the victims of human rights violations in Australia through the provision of advice and resources directed at human rights litigation, law and policy reform in Australia.
- Promoting protection of and respect for basic international human rights norms and standards in Australia including the rule of law and other indispensable pillars of democracy such as the rights to freedom of expression, the right to be free from arbitrary detention, torture and discrimination.
- Corresponding with Federal, State and Territory Governments about current human rights issues and concerns within Australia.
- Drafting and submitting substantive written submissions to parliamentary committees at a national and state level on topics ranging from terrorism to surrogacy, indigenous equality, marriage equality, respect for the rule of law and everything in between.
- Providing oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries to support our written submissions.
- Providing training, education and resources in order to support its members’ work in the practice of human rights law in Australia.
- Providing training, education and resources to legal professionals and legal businesses in order to facilitate the conduct of legal practice in a manner which respects recognized best practice international business and human rights principles.
- Providing mentoring and internship opportunities for young lawyers and law students interested in pursuing a career in human rights practice.
- Providing extensive networking and collaborative opportunities for legal professionals in the field of human rights law in Australia.
- Collaborating with individuals, NGO’s, charities, businesses and academic institutions on current, topical and thematic human rights issues in Australia.
- Keeping members abreast of the latest developments in human rights law in Australia through the publication of regular National and State newsletters.
- Publishing opinion pieces and media releases and conducting media interviews to raise awareness about current human rights issues in Australia.
- Holding, hosting and co-hosting exciting educational and topical seminars and events on current, topical and thematic human rights issues in Australia.