Hot Topics: Human rights

This Hot Topics gives an overview of human rights law from its origins and sources, through to the development of modern human rights law. It discusses the domestic operation of human rights law and looks at the rights-based approaches, with case studies on housing and health in Australia.

About the author

This issue of Hot Topics has been written by Jane Stratton. Jane is the Director of the Think +DO Tank, a community development agency that also develops public art projects. Before beginning the Think + DO Tank, Jane was a lawyer; a policy worker and advocate. She taught human rights at the postgraduate level at the University of New South Wales. She is interested to incorporate rights-based approaches in her work and to increase popular understanding of human rights.

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Chapter six

Case study - right to health

Right to health - Australian application.

Chapter seven

Case study - right to housing

Right to housing - Australian application.


Hot Topics 85: Human rights. Hot Topics is intended as an introductory guide only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the Legal Information Access Centre does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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