The Castan Centre is a world-renowned academic centre using its human rights expertise to create a more just world where human rights are respected and protected, allowing people to pursue their lives in freedom and with dignity. The Centre’s innovative approach to public engagement and passion for human rights are redefining how an academic institution can create important and lasting change. The Centre is named after the late
Ron Castan AM QC, a passionate advocate of human rights.
We aim to:
- Influence government policy and legislation
- Provide accessible public education on human rights
- Provide students with outstanding opportunities
We work to influence legislation and government policy, improve government officials' understanding of human rights in Australia and elsewhere and nurture the next generation of human rights leaders through our outstanding student programs that include sending students each year to leading human rights organisations as part of our Global Intern program.
We also help educate the public on important and current human rights issues. We host numerous free events throughout the year, as well as Australia’s only human rights conference.
Celebrating 20 years of the Castan Centre
In October 2020 the Castan Centre celebrated 20 years. Click here to access the Castan Centre 20th Anniversary Video plus more.
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