This volume considers the application of human rights in six specific Australian â€œclosed environmentsâ€ â€“ prisons; police cells; forensic psychiatric institutions; closed mental health units; closed disability units; and immigration detention centres. The publication highlights rights concerns common across the different types of environments, such as the vulnerability of persons held in detention, the tension between respect for rights and safety concerns, and securing a human rights culture in a context of significant power imbalances. It also draws comparisons between the same closed environments in different jurisdictions, examining the â€œvalue addâ€ of formal rights instruments. Finally, it considers the role of external monitoring mechanisms (such as, Ombudsmen and Human Rights Commissions) in securing rights respecting environments.
Human Rights in Closed Environmentsis a special issue (Volume 31) of the journal Law in Context. You can purchase a single copy of this issue through this page, or subscribe to the journal from the journal page.
1.Introduction: Implementing Human Rights In Closed Environments 2.Privatised Immigration Detention Services: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing Human Rights 3.Human Rights and People with Disabilities in Closed Environments 4.Human Rights and Respect in Prisons: The Prisoners' Perspective 5.Implementing Human Rights in Closed Environments through the United Nations Convention against Torture 6.Implementing Human Rights in Closed Environments: The OPCAT Framework and the New Zealand Experience 7.Comparative Experiences of Implementing Human Rights in Closed Environments: Monitoring for Rights Protection 8.Changing Cultures in Closed Environments: What Works? 9.Operationalising Human Rights Law in Australia: Establishing a Human Rights Culture in the New Canberra Prison and Transforming the Culture of Victoria Police