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Welcome from the Directors

Caroline Fleay and Lisa Hartley
A/Prof Caroline Fleay and A/Prof Lisa Hartley

We would like to welcome you to the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin, which is an inter and multi-disciplinary centre for local, national and international academic research, postgraduate teaching, critical scholarship and advocacy on human rights. Since 2003 the Centre has become well known for its commitment to understanding, analysing, promoting and responding to contemporary human rights issues and challenges. The Centre offers a dynamic and collaborative culture of learning and researching together with a practitioner-oriented and theoretically enriched approach to human rights. We see the Centre as a leader of ethical scholarship and community engagement through the integration of social justice and human rights. We work in close collaboration with community groups to strengthen the foundations of our research and advocacy. Our research is globally recognised.

The Centre currently engages in high impact research related to refugees and asylum seekers, critical approaches to human rights education, Indigenous rights to knowledge and culture, critical disability studies, LGBTI human rights and more. The Centre generates cutting edge knowledge and practitioner understanding about human rights; it actively informs policy and public debates about human rights in Australia, Asia and internationally. Significantly, the Centre gives oxygen to human rights issues that are often unexplored, unregarded, complex and derived from multiple and diverse backgrounds and contexts. Overall, the Centre is committed to dialogue with and across cultures, societies and traditions, giving attention to the importance of lived experience, and engaging with human rights communities across the world.