At the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law we believe human rights must be respected and protected, allowing people to pursue their lives in freedom and with dignity. Over its 12-year history, the Castan Centre has influenced the development of a human rights culture across the world. It has nurtured a generation of human rights leaders through its student programs and influenced legislation and government policy. It has improved understanding of human rights in the community through its increasing media profile and events featuring community leaders including the Dalai Lama, Jose Ramos Horta, Julian Burnside and Tim Flannery. More information is available through our website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blog site.
The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law has launched its 2014 annual appeal. Donors are a vital part of the Castan Centre community with four out of every five dollars recieved by the Centre coming from fundraising. Please contribute to human rights by donating today.
You can also support the Centre by giving to one of its key priority areas:
The Centre will assess funding for its projects at the time of your donation and allocate the money to the project for which it is most needed.
The Centre seeks to influence government human rights policy, law and practice. We monitor how governments protect human rights, liaise with parliaments and governments to advocate for change, and inform the public on vital human rights issues. Our policy work is underpinned by the outstanding research work produced by our staff; many are world-renowned experts in their fields. This project helps us create change in public policy and opinion on human rights.
People are increasingly turning to online sources to educate themselves about important issues such as human rights. In the often polarised and polemical online environment, we see a pressing need for impartial, plain-English resources. The Online Project will create short question-and-answer videos conducted with human rights experts. The videos will be a combination of tutorials explaining specific human rights in interesting ways and briefings on important current human rights issues. They will be posted on the Centre's website and YouTube and will be the most trusted source of such information in Australia.
One of our most important programs is our annual series of public lectures, workshops and roundtables featuring experts from Australia and overseas. Our Public Education Project includes student-specific activities such as our annual human rights careers series and website. We consider accessibility to be the cornerstone of our public education mission. Funding is required to keep events free-of-charge to the public while ensuring that the highest-quality experts are showcased for the burgeoning Castan Centre constituency.
Each year we send the most passionate, outstanding Monash law students to some of the world's leading human rights institutions for three months. The interns undertake intensive cross-cultural training before departure. The students also receive significant financial assistance ensuring that all students can compete for these opportunities. We are passionate about this program because it helps ignite the careers of tomorrow's human rights leaders.
Castan Centre research shows that it is difficult for Victorian teachers to fit the study of human rights into a crowded curriculum, so the Centre presents an exciting and thought-provoking annual essay competition on human rights. Each year the Centre sends information kits on the topic and human rights in general to every school in the state. The competition has increased markedly in popularity since its launch in 2006, and feedback from teachers and students has been very positive.