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What Makes You Think a Human Rights Charter is a Good Idea? A Law Reform Analysis of Achieving Change

11 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2017  

Simon Rice

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: August 29, 2017

Abstract

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

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

Simon Rice (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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