Evaluating the Human Rights Performance of Australian Legislatures: A Research Agenda and Methodology
33 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2005
Parliaments play an essential yet under-explored role in the protection and undermining of human rights. Both theoretical and political debate have emphasised the importance of the role of parliament, and academics such as Jeremy Waldron have defended legislatures as capable of playing a sophisticated role in applying rights to particular circumstances. In this paper we set out a methodology for testing the claims that parliaments are capable of protecting human rights. We also critically analyze some of the common methods utilized for measuring rights, in part by reference to developments in rights theory. This paper is part of a wider project on parliaments and human rights in Australia. Australia is a particularly important testing ground for such theories as, despite a public commitment by its leadership to human rights, it has no formal bill of rights and thus little by way of judicial review of rights.
Keywords: human rights, australia
JEL Classification: K00, K10
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