Sydney Ideas - Human Rights and the Rise of Islamophobia

28 April 2017

Human Rights and the Rise of Islamophobia: Academic Responses in the Age of Populist Anger and Fear


A Sydney Ideas forum co-presented with the Religion, State and Society Network, School of Social and Political Sciences, and the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law, The University of Sydney Law School and the The Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS).

The Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) is an inter-disciplinary network of scholars at Australian universities. It promotes teaching and research excellence on Islam and Muslim affairs. AAIMS is dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about Islamic and Muslim societies. By fostering a network of academics based at Australian universities, AAIMS generates opportunities for scholarly collaboration across disciplines and institutions, as well as a wide dissemination of research output by its members.

To officially launch AAIMS we invite you to a special presentation by leading human right scholars, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Professor Samina Yasmeen, University of Western Australia, to discuss the topic of human rights today in the face of rising Islamophobia.

Welcome remarks will be made by the AAIMS Interim President Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, Deakin University.

The speakers

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs
is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a former Governor of the College of Law. Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.

Professor Samina Yasmeen is Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies and lectures in Political Science and International Relations in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. She is a specialist in political, and strategic developments in South Asia (particularly Pakistan), the role of Islam in world politics, and citizenship among immigrant women. She is the author of Understanding Muslim Identities: From Perceived Relative Exclusion to Inclusion (2008). The research focuses on Muslims in Australia, and her research on social inclusion and exclusion dynamics focus primarily on Muslim women and Citizenship in Australia.


Free, however registration is essential. Please click here for the registration page.

CPD Points: 1.5

Time: 6-7.30pm

Location: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer, level 2, New Law School Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 5e2b07440619560244450c47032b012b2f744e3c016f0605

More info: