Annual Human Rights Conference Program 2018

Program and speaker line up

WELCOME: 8.55AM TO 9.00AM 
Professor Sarah Joseph, Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law  
SESSION 1: 9.00AM TO 11.00AM 
Kristen Hilton
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

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

MORNING TEA: 11.00AM TO 11.30AM 
SESSION 2: 11.30AM TO 12.50PM 
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

LUNCH: 12.50PM TO 1.40PM 
SESSION 3: 1.40PM TO 3.10PM 

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

Panel with Ivy Josiah - A new era or a false dawn? Women’s rights after #metoo

SESSION 4: 3.30PM TO 4.50PM 

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

WRAP UP: 4.50PM TO 5.00PM