Human Rights 2018

The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Photo of people at conference

Date: Friday 20 July 2018
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Edge, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Street, Melbourne

We welcome Burmese human rights activist Habiburahman to our exciting list of conference speakers. Habiburahman, widely known as Habib, spent 10 years in Malaysia, including in various Malaysian detention centres, and worked with Burmese political exile groups there, including the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization.

Kristen Hilton
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

Topic: Challenging conduct and culture: why human rights matters

Professor Frank Brennan
Australian Catholic University

Topic: Religion and human rights

Professor Megan Davis
Member, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Topic: The Uluru Statement from the heart and the future of reconciliation

Rohingya activist

Topic: The Destruction of the Rohingya
Adjunct Professor George Newhouse
Macquarie University and the Principal Solicitor of the National Justice Project

Topic: The Commonwealth’s duty to provide adequate medical care to asylum seekers in PNG and Nauru

Ivy Josiah
Secretary-General, Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia
A Maurice Blackburn Visiting Activist

Topic: You Can't Beat A Woman - Women's Human Rights in Malaysia

Tara Moss
Author and human rights advocate

Topic: #Metoo (to be confirmed)


Josh Bornstein
Company Director, Principal Lawyer, National Head of Employment Law,
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Topic: Requiem for the right to strike

David Ritter
CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Topic: Choking our human rights: Coal, Adani and the politics of law

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How to register

You may register in one of the following ways:

  • Register online (preferred registration method)
  • Via phone by calling on 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 names of attendees so we can prepare a name badge
  • A service fee of 10% will be charged for cancellations received in writing by 6 July 2018. No refunds will be paid after this date

Registration fees

  • Full Registration Early Bird to 16 May - $280
    • Full Registration from 17 May - $310
  • NGO Early Bird to 16 May - $140
    • NGO Registration from 17 May - $170
  • Full Time Student/Concession Early Bird to 16 May - $80
    • Full Time Student/Concession Registration from 17 May - $90

Deakin Edge is an accessible venue with wheelchair access and a hearing loop. For further information, visit this link.


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


For a copy of our sponsorship brochure, contact the Castan Centre (see above) or to discuss sponsorship options contact Marius Smith, Centre Manager on 03 9905 3386 or email

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