Human Rights 2019

The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Date: Friday 26 July 2019
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Arena, NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke Street, DOCKLANDS

We are excited to announce Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission will be speaking at our conference on their National Consultation. Professor Croucher will be joined by the Castan Centre's director Professor Sarah Joseph who will talk on Australia's human rights exceptionalism.

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 Sarah Joseph is the Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her teaching and research interests are international human rights law and constitutional law. Particular areas of interest include economic globalisation and human rights, and the media and human rights.


Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
President, Australian Human Rights

Topic: Free and equal: A national reform agenda for human rights in Australia for the next decade


Professor Sarah Joseph
Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Topic: Australia's human rights exceptionalism

Panel: Human Rights by Public Opinion - Campaigning for Change via national votes 
Shannan Dodson
Communications Manager,
Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership and Engagement
University of Technology Sydney
Anna Brown
Equality Australia
Professor Sarah Maddison
Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration
Melbourne University

Zainab Mahboob
Head of Legal at the Justice Project Pakistan
A Maurice Blackburn Visiting Activist

Topic: Opposing the death penalty in Pakistan


Rosemary Kayess
Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre
University of New South Wales

Topic: Disability and human rights in Australia (TBC)

Nyadol Nyuon
Lawyer, community advocate and writer

Topic: Racism in Victoria (TBC)


Shukufa Tahiri
Refugee Council of Australia

Topic: Human rights and Australia's treatment of refugees (TBC)

Associate Professor Kate Galloway
Bond University

Topic: Data is the new black - Privacy its must-have accessory


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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 12 July 2019. No refunds
    will be paid after this date

Registration fees

  • Full Registration Early Bird to 7 June - $280
  • Full Registration from 8 June - $310
  • NGO Early Bird to 7 June - $140
  • NGO Registration from 8 June - $170
  • Full Time Student/Concession Early Bird to 7 June - $80
  • Full Time Student/Concession Registration from 8 June - $90


After six great years at the same venue, we're excited to launch this year's conference in a fresh, light-filled space in Melbourne's docklands precinct. This year's conference is being held at The Arena, NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke Street, DOCKLANDS which is conveniently located a short walk away from Southern Cross Station. Located nearby is also a super tram stop 1 on Bourke Street (near Spencer Street) which services routes 86 and 96.


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 Janice Hugo, Centre Administrator on 03 9905 3327 or email

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