11 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 29, 2017
There is no great momentum towards a state or national human rights law in Australia, and few people other than lawyers are calling for one. A human rights law is not an obvious good, nor obviously necessary. An analysis of contemporary Australian society to establish the need for and form of a human rights law. Only then is a campaign for its adoption appropriate. Lawyers who advocate for a human rights law need to demonstrate each of professional humility, deference to other professionals, and a keen appreciation that their most effective place in a movement for social change may be to support the mobilisation of a much broader coalition of advocates and citizens.
Keywords: Human rights law, Bill of Rights, human rights lawyers, law reform
JEL Classification: K10, K30
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Rice, Simon, What Makes You Think a Human Rights Charter is a Good Idea? A Law Reform Analysis of Achieving Change (August 29, 2017). Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 17/69. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3029028