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In 2010, the 1st International Conference on Human Rights Education (POWERCON) was held in Sydney, Australia. The conference examined the contribution of human rights education (HRE) to furthering democracy, the rule of law, justice, and intercultural dialogue and social harmony. This initiative has since evolved into a global grassroots movement with annual international HRE conferences held in South Africa, Poland, Taiwan, USA, the Netherlands, Chile and Canada.

On 17 - 20 December 2020, POWERCON returns to Sydney, to University of Wollongong’s Parramatta South campus.

POWERCON will bring together around 400 Australian and international HRE experts, practitioners, decision-makers and thought leaders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Conference participants are invited to:

  • examine the range of HRE issues including national and international curricula, and pedagogy and best practices, incorporating the contexts of the first nations, women, persons with disabilities, the LGBTIQ communities, persons from low socio-economic status, and cultural diversity.

  • explore contemporary challenges and opportunities for HRE – locally, nationally, regionally and globally, including in those countries where civil society is still a nascent phenomenon.

  • develop contacts and networks and explore partnerships and collaborations.

our sponsors

Event Committees

  • Eytan Adar - University of Michigan
  • Eugene Agichtein - Emory University
  • Amr Ahmed - Google
  • Omar Alonso - Microsoft
  • Javed Aslam - Northeastern University
  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates - NTENT, Northeastern University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universidad de Chile
  • Krisztian Balog - University of Stavanger

National and International Advisory Committees
Organizing Committee