Human Rights 2014

The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Friday 25 July 2014
Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne

Time: 9am to 4.30pm

Registration Fees

  • Full Registration from 17 May $250
  • NGO/Concession Registration from 17 May $125
  • Students - $65 (limited number)

Conference Registration

You may register in one of the following ways:

  • Register online
  • Via phone by calling 03 9905 3327. Phone orders must be paid for by credit card.
  • Please do NOT send credit card information via fax or email as it is not secure.

Conditions of registration:

If you are unable to attend the conference, a substitute is welcome. Please let us know so we can prepare a name badge.

A service fee of 10% will be charged for cancellations received in writing by 18 July 2014. No refunds will be paid after this date. 


Registration                 8.30 am – 9.00 am                      

Welcome                       9.00 am – 9.15 am

Professor Sarah Joseph, Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Session 1:                    9.15 am – 9:55 am

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

'Human Rights abuses in North Korea’

Session 2:                    9.55 am – 10:35 am

Associate Professor Adam McBeth, Castan Centre Deputy Director

‘There Ain't no Votes in Aid: the Impact of the "New Aid Paradigm" on Human Rights’

Morning tea                  10.35 am - 10.55 am

Session 3:                    10.55 am – 12.55 pm

Waleed Aly, Age Columnist, host of Drive on ABC Radio National and Lecturer in politics at Monash University.

‘The Australian Freedom Debate”

Professor George Williams AO, Foundation Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

‘The High Court: the Constitution and Human Rights’

Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

'The reality of poverty in Australia’

Lunch                            12.55 pm – 1.45 pm

Session 4:                    1.45pm to 3.05pm

Jillian C York, Director for International Freedom of Expression Electronic Frontier Foundation

'Internet Spying: The Impact on Societies’

Elaine Pearson, Australian Director at Human Rights Watch

'Shut out and shut up: The Consequences of Australia’s border protection polices’

Afternoon tea               3.05 pm – 3.25 pm                     

Session 5:                    3.25pm to 4.45pm

Dr Ronli Sifris, Monash University Law School, Castan Centre Associate

'Reproductive Rights: Recent Developments'

David YarrowBarrister 

“The Australian Way of Indigenous Consent”



Wrap up        4.45 pm - 4.50 pm   

Link to speakers biographies



If you have any enquiries about the conference please tel 03 9905 3327 or email


For a copy of our sponsorship brochure, contact the Centre (see above), or to discuss sponsorship options contact Marius Smith, Centre Manager, on 9905 3386 or email