Welcome to the official website for the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association annual conference (APSA), which was held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, from the 26th - 28th September, 2016.

The theme for this year’s conference wasThe Politics of Justice and Rights: challenges and future directions.

The concepts of  ‘justice’ and ‘rights’ are at the heart of political theory and practice. A driving question of political scholarship is how best to conceive of a just society with political principles, institutions and policies that protect the rights of all. This concern extends to the global level where the protection of human, animal, and environmental rights are at the forefront of political debate.

Despite the global spread of norms and discourse on justice and rights, for many scholars, citizens and activists around the world, justice seems evasive and rights too easily compromised. Conflict and authoritarianism affect the lives of an increasing number of people. Contemporary issues such as the global economic crisis, climate change, and international migration challenge the capacity of political institutions to deal with complex problems. In Australia, disillusionment with political institutions appears to be increasing, due to institutional failures to address pressing justice issues including displaced people; climate change; species extinction; Aboriginal disadvantage; violence against women; sexism; racism and a widening economic gap. As the welfare state is hollowed out, questions of how best to address the gap between the promise and reality of justice and rights have become more pressing than ever.

The challenges and future direction of rights and justice set the theme for the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference, hosted by the School of Social Sciences, UNSW. Scholars working in International Relations, Political Science, Political Philosophy, Public Policy, Law and aligned disciplines have been invited to submit papers for the conference.

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We hope you enjoyed your UNSW APSA Conference experience at the wonderful UNSW Kensington Campus.