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The Australian Journal of Human Rights (AJHR) is a publication of the Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRCentre) at UNSW Australia.

The AJHR is Australia's first peer reviewed journal devoted exclusively to human rights development in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.  The law journal aims to raise awareness of human rights issues in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region by providing a forum for scholarship and discussion.

The AJHR examines legal aspects of human rights, along with associated philosophical, historical, economic and political considerations, across a range of issues, including aboriginal ownership of land, racial discrimination and vilification, human rights in the criminal justice system, children's rights, homelessness, immigration, asylum and detention, corporate accountability, disability standards and free speech.

Program and Supervision

As the Managing Student Editor you will be the frontline interface between the journal and contributors, facilitating the intake, review and publication of the journal.  You will work closely under the supervision of the editors Chris Michaelsen (Law), Justine Nolan (Law) and Claudia Tazreiter (FASS).  You will further have the opportunity to develop your proofing and writing skills, and form contracts with leading academics and organisations in the field.

The Editorial Board is comprised of: Prof Andrew Byrnes, Prof Andrea Durbach, Prof Richard Hugman, Dr Ben Golder, Prof Danielle Celermajer (USyd), Prof Kelly Loper (HKU) and Dr Christine Binder (Vienna).

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students should:

  • Have developed an appreciation for the professional and personal responsibilities associated with the publishing of a human rights publication.
  • Undertake self management by completing activities, such as editing articles and liaising with contributors, associated with the position to a high standard and within deadlines.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills by successfully liaising with contributors in a persuasive and appropriate manner to meet publication deadlines.
  • Improve written communication skills by completing two articles/blogs appropriate to the theme of the AJHR or other written material that may or may not appear in the edition.
  • Communicate effectively, in speaking and in writing.

Faculty Faculty of Law
Study Level


Offering Terms

Summer Term, Term 1, Term 2, Term 3



Indicative contact hours


Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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