Table of Contents

From natural law to human rights

Sources of human rights law in Australia

Explicit constitutional human rights in Australia

Implied constitutional rights

The common law and human rights

International protection of human rights

Implementation of international human rights in Australia

Liberty and security of the person

Fair trial

Treatment of persons in custody


Freedom of assembly

Freedom of association

Freedom of speech, expression and the media


Contempt of court


Anti-discrimination law

Indigenous Australians and the legal system

Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system

Indigneous land rights

Indigenous Australians’ right to customs and cultural heritage

Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

Table of Cases/ Table of Statutes/ Index

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