Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
The former Prime Minister died on Tuesday 21 October 2014, aged 98.
Professor Howe said Mr Whitlam would be remembered for the social and economic legacy of his policies.
"In the long term, Gough will be recognised as one of the great reforming prime ministers, someone who set an agenda for future generations - especially around poverty and inequality," he said.
"He was a social democrat par excellence."
Professor Brian Howe is a Professorial Associate in the University's Centre for Public Policy.