find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Lawyers weigh in on inquiry into human rights laws

Lawyers weigh in on inquiry into human rights laws

A collective of Australian lawyers has confirmed it has lodged a submission for the ongoing inquiry into the human rights bill.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has supported the proposed legislation for a Joint Parliamentary Committee to scrutinise bills for their impact on human rights. 

It has also made suggestions for improving the government’s response to the legislation. Stephen Keim, president of the ALHR, confirmed that ALHR has lodged a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010. 

Its submission has been published on the Committee’s website as submission no. 10. Keim said: “ALHR welcomes the Bills and supports their passage through Parliament. The Bills are an essential part of the comprehensive approach recommended in the 2009 Report of the Brennan Committee following the National Human Rights Consultation).” 

As part of its submission, ALHR had endorsed the earlier submission of the Human Rights Law Resource Centre. 

ALHR suggested that the Committee’s work would be more effective if the its role was expanded to address human rights and freedoms recognised by Customary International Human Rights Law and to take into account international and foreign human rights jurisprudence developed by courts and tribunals around the world dealing with human rights questions. 

It also suggested the Committee’s roles include inquiring into human rights questions referred by either House of Parliament, and the monitoring of Australia’s responses to recommendations of United Nations bodies reporting on Australia’s compliance with its human rights treaty obligations. 

“There is no comprehensive system at the moment to ensure that policy responses are made to those recommendations, Keim said. 

Keim added: “The ALHR submission also draws the Committee’s attention to the potential limitations of the approach to the protection of human rights embodied in the Bills when unsupported by a Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act, of course, also formed a crucial part of the recommendations of the Brennan Committee’s comprehensive approach to protection of human rights in Australia.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Lawyers weigh in on inquiry into human rights laws
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...