: Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT) entered its 10th year of operation

Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT) entered its 10th year of operation

Shan-Verne Liew
ACT

This year the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT) entered its 10th year of operation. Since 2010, the ANU College of Law has been running the ACT Human Rights Act Portal (‘ACTHRA Portal’), which monitors developments in how the Act has been applied and interpreted. The ACTHRA Portal is a database containing over 180 summaries of court and tribunal decisions relating to the Human Rights Act, in addition to a regularly updated compilation of extracts from debates of the ACT Legislative Assembly. Student volunteers in Law Reform and Social Justice at the ANU College of Law contribute to the Portal by writing brief case summaries, and by working together with academic faculty advisers who provide editorial and drafting guidance to bring all content to a publishable standard. This year, the ACTHRA Portal has completed case summaries for court and tribunal decisions in which a number of human rights issues were raised, including freedom of expression, fair trial, statutory interpretation and reasonable limits on freedom and has begun offering biannual electronic newsletter updates. To check out the database, or subscribe to the newsletter, go to: — http://acthra.anu.edu.au.

SHAN-VERNE LIEW is a student at the ANU College of Law, and team leader of the ACTHRA Portal project.
(2014) 39(4) AltLJ 274
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