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Crime and human rights resources

Don't forget to always start your research with the 'Begin your Preliminary and HSC legal studies research' tab. No matter which topic you're studying, you'll find current, relevant information from encyclopaedias, journals, newspapers, books, government websites and statistics.

Here you'll find resources to dive deeper into crime and human rights topics.

Crime

Australian Bureau of Statistics [external website]
Find crime and justice statistics. Look at the crime and justice topic to find statistics on crime, personal safety, crime victimisation, domestic violence, and drugs. The year books contain summaries of regions (for example New South Wales in Focus) which includes detailed statistics about crime in NSW.

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Australian Institute of Criminology [external website]
Find reports and statistics on a wide range of crime-related topics, such as arson, corporate crime and fraud, corrections, courts, crime prevention, cybercrime, drugs, organised/transnational crime, policing, property crime, sex crimes, social groups and crime, and violence.

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LIAC Crime Library research guide [research guide]
Learn about criminal cases that happened between the early 1980s and 2014. Find links to the court decision (if available), media reports and other resources that discuss the case.

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NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research [external website]
Find out what crime and criminal courts data the Bureau collects and learn how to use and understand this data. Use the Crime Mapping Tool to view maps, graphs and data on criminal incidents in NSW. There are also other tools and reports about trends in crime within NSW.

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Human rights

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [eresource]
Find articles on every aspect of public international law. The articles are arranged under 24 subject areas, including international law, human rights, international courts and tribunals, treaties, and war.

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Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW [external website]
Find out about anti-discrimination law in NSW including age discrimination, carer's responsibilities discrimination, disability discrimination, homosexual discrimination, marital or domestic status discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, transgender discrimination, discrimination because of who you are related to, or who you associate with, harassment, sexual harassment, vilification, and victimisation. You can find information about when the law applies, and examples of cases dealt with by the Board.

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Australian Human Rights Commission [external website]
Find information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice, age discrimination, asylum seekers and refugees, children's rights, disability rights, family and domestic violence, race discrimination, rights and freedoms, sex discrimination, and sexuality, sex and gender identity.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [external website]
Find statistics and reports on topics including housing, homelessness, Indigenous Australians and different population groups.

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Australian Treaties Library [external website]
Find all the treaties Australia is a party to - you can browse the Australian Treaty Series by date or subject. You will also find helpful guides to the treaty making process.

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Human Rights Law Centre [external website]
The centre protects and promotes human rights in Australia and in Australian activities overseas. Find reports on a range of topics including access to justice, counter-terrorism, disability, human rights law and LGBTI rights.

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Human Rights Watch [external website]
Find reports on a wide range of human rights issues, including the annual World Report, which summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories.

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Refugee Council of Australia [external website]
Find information, reports and statistics about asylum seekers, refugees and settlement.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights [external website]
View or download the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It sets out the fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

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Human rights movements and organisations

Check the following websites for news, research, reports and fact sheets about human rights issues in Australia and internationally.

 

Finding criminal cases

Use the LIAC Crime Library research guide to find criminal cases that happened between the early 1980s and 2014.

 

Keep up to date

Keep up to date with the latest developments in law with the Find Legal Answers blog.

 

How Parliament makes laws

So where do laws come from?

Watch this 10 minute video to learn how laws are made by parliament.

Discover how a Bill becomes an Act, how legislation changes over time, and why some laws are made by the Commonwealth and others by the states.

Captioned version also available.

 

How courts make laws

Legislation is a major source of law. Courts are the other source.

Watch this 10 minute video to learn how laws are made by the courts.

You'll also find out about the court hierarchy, and the courts' and tribunals' jurisdictions.

Captioned version also available.

 

Find legal answers

Visit Find Legal Answers to find current and easy to understand information about the law in NSW.

 

Law books at the Library

Browse the shelves (at location number 340s) in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room to find books that cover all areas of the law.

We also have law books in the Library's stack storage.

Search the Library's catalogue to find and request books from stack.

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