Castan Centre - Human Rights Law Conference

Date: Friday 23 July 2021
Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Cost: Free 
Venue: Online Zoom
RSVP: Register here


Kristen Hilton
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

Kristen Hilton commenced her role as Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner on 1 June 2016. Prior to her appointment, Ms Hilton was the Executive Director, Legal Practice, with Victoria Legal Aid and has previously worked with the organisation as Executive Director, Civil Justice and Access. Ms Hilton was previously the Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House and has extensive knowledge of current civil law and human rights issues and the needs of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals. Ms Hilton has practised in the private profession and in a number of community legal centres.

June Oscar AO
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD. June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on 3 April 2017.

Dr Tania Penovic
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Convenor of the Gender and Sexuality Program Research Group

Dr Tania Penovic is an award-winning researcher with expertise in gender equality and women’s human rights. Her research has been cited by the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia and relied upon in submissions to courts including the Constitutional Court of Chile and  European Court of Human Rights. Dr Penovic has provided numerous submissions to state, federal and international inquiries into law reform which have been cited extensively and associated with legislative change.  Having served as Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law from 2011 to 2020, she is now the centre’s research group leader in gender and sexuality.

Leilani Farha
Global Director of The Shift, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

Leilani is the Global Director of The Shift, an international movement to secure the right to housing and the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing (2014- 2020). The Shift was launched in 2017 with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and United Cities and Local Government and works with multi-level stakeholders around the world including with several city governments in North America and Europe. Leilani’s work is animated by the principle that housing is a social good, not a commodity. She has helped develop global human rights standards on the right to housing, including through her topical reports on homelessness, the financialization of housing, informal settlements, rights based housing strategies, and the first UN Guidelines for the implementation of the right to housing.

Professor Jean Allain
Faculty of Law, Monash University, Covenor of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Program Research Group, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Jean Allain is a professor of international law. Prof Allain joined the Faculty of Law of Monash University in 2017 and was Associated Dean (Research) from 2018-2020. From 2017-2021, Prof Allain held a concurrent appointmentProfessor of International Law at the Wilberforce Institute (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK; and from 2015-2019, was  Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest international human rights organisation. Prof Allain has been, since 2008, Extraordinary Professor with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa; and was, from 2017 to 2020, Visiting Professor and Research Fellow with the Law School, Beijing Normal University.

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM was appointed as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission in July 2017, after seven and a half years as President of the Australian Law Reform Commission. In 2014, she was acknowledged for her contributions to public policy as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ and was awarded the Australian Women Lawyer’s award. In the Australia Day Honours list, 2015, Professor Croucher was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2016 Macquarie University conferred on her the title of Emeritus Professor.

Professor The Hon. Kevin H Bell AM QC
Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Convenor of Charters of Rights Program Research Group, Faculty of Law, Monash University

Professor the Hon Kevin Bell AM QC is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He was a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria for fifteen years and wrote a number of leading judgments under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, including KrackePatrick’s Case and PBU and NJE.  He was president of the Forensic Leave Panel and president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  Before becoming a judge, Professor Bell was for twenty years a barrister and Queens Counsel with a national practise in human rights and administrative, native tile and constitutional law. He has a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and in 2017 was awarded the honour of Member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the law and to the judiciary, to native title and human rights, and the community’.

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