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A Human Rights Framework to Empower Clients

The Australia Experience

By Hugh de Kretser, Jacqui Bell & Lucy Adams

American poverty lawyers are not alone in their struggle to incorporate human rights principles into their daily work. In Australia international  human rights arguments have historically been viewed with skepticism. Nevertheless, poverty lawyers there are using U.N. human rights mechanisms and adopting international human rights standards in their daily work. The examples from the Federation of Community Legal Centres and the Public Interest Law Clearing Housing can serve as models for American advocates looking for new ways to put human rights to work for their clients.

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