An Invitation

If you are human rights education expert, practitioner or simply wish to learn more and establish networks, join us at the International Human Rights Education Conference "Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue".

The conference has been organised in response to the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education to advance the human rights education, in particular in Australia and Asia Pacific region.

World class speakers and the conference program will focus on the contribution of human rights culture to the good functioning of the civil society; highlight key trends and achievements in human rights education and in particular, aim to secure greater commitment for future human rights education. It will have a strong development and Indigenous component.

See you in November in Sydney.

Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM
Conference Convenor
University of Western Sydney

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Keynote Speakers

Professor Mariko Akuzawa


Assoc. Professor at University of Hyogo and board member of the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Centre in Osaka, Japan.

The Honourable Catherine Branson


President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Commissioner for Australia.

Julian Burnside


Barrister based in Melbourne who has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees.

The Honourable Michael Kirby


Former Judge of the Australian High Court and international human rights expert.

The Honourable Robert McClelland


The Commonwealth of Australia Attorney-General.

Sarah Tobhi Motha


Co-founder and coordinator of Human Right Education Centre in South Africa and Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage.

The Honourable Christopher Pyne


The Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training and Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.

Professor Roman Wieruszewski


Professor of Human Rights at the Institute of Legal Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences and Director of the Poznan Human Rights Centre.



Conference Overview

Topics and Themes

Plenary Sessions, workshops and presentations of case studies and best practice from around the world – including from the Indian sub-continent, the Asia-Pacific Region, Latin America, the USA, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Embrace the diversity of human rights education experts and practitioners across a range of critical issues, including the key themes of:

What are the Global Trends in Human Rights Education (HRE)?

  • Analysis of key UN initiatives, including the World Programme for HRE, the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training and the Draft Human Rights Education Competencies and their implementation and impact.
  • Key national initiatives in HRE – in search of best practice.

Global Citizenship: What Values should be given Priority in Modern Education?

  • Human rights as unifying standards for a society.
  • What is the culture of human rights?
  • The nexus between the human rights and well functioning democracy.
  • Key values in education: human rights, peace and social diversity.
  • Universal values versus religious specificity.

How to Nourish Human Rights Culture?

  • The role of government and the law in shaping human rights culture.
  • The role of civil society in educating about human rights, incl. education by the trade unions and NGOs.
  • Can the media shift the public opinion on human rights issues?
  • Human rights in professional training, e.g. for lawyers, social workers, police and in military.

Where and How to Educate about Human Rights?

  • Do we need a human rights-based approach to schooling?
  • HRE in primary and secondary schools.
  • Universities and HRE.
  • Contribution of national bills of rights to HRE.
  • Implementing the HR based approach in community organisations.

Human Rights of Most Vulnerable Groups, Indigenous People and Development

  • What are the linkages between the HRE and development?
  • Human Rights as Community Development?
  • Education to advance women’s rights in developing nations.
  • Rights of people with disabilities.
  • Realising economic rights, incl. the rights of homeless?
  • The application of human rights in a natural disaster and war contexts.
  • How to secure human rights of Indigenous populations in mining areas?

For more detail see Conference Program

Highly recommended

Julia Gillard

"...a culture of human rights is critical to a democratic society and to the protection of the rights of all Australians – ensuring that everyone, no matter their background or beliefs, has a fair go..."

The Hon. Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister of Australia

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Tony Abbot

"...a good opportunity to reflect on how we can achieve a more successful and cohesive society..."

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP
Leader of the Opposition

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Janice Reid

" engaging and rewarding experience as you listen to and discuss issues pertaining to the important area of human rights education..."

Professor Janice Reid AM
Vice Chancellor

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Important Dates

Call for papers ends:
Friday 9th July 2010

Registration ends:
Friday 22nd October 2010

Early Bird Registration ends:
Friday 1st October 2010


Australian Exporters

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Peace and Development Studies

Japan Foundation


National Committee for Human Rights Education


Australian Human Rights Commission

University of Technology Sydney


Conference Venue

University of Western Sydney
(Parramatta Campus)

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Prime Minister of Australia

SEO Perth

Former Prime Minister of Australia

Tuckpointing Perth

Leader of the Opposition

Vice Chancellor UWS

Victorian Equal Opportunity
& Human Rights Commission

ACT Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Catholic University

Pest Control Perth

Curtin University, Perth

University of Technology, Sydney

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