Program 2019

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 10.30AM 

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

Topic: Opposing the death penalty in Pakistan

Nyadol Nyuon
Lawyer, community advocate and writer

Racism in a multicultural and multi-racial society and what we can do about it


Ms. Saffaa
Artist and activist

Topic: I Am My Own Guardian: Reflections on Art, Resistance, & Agency

Photo credit: Nicola Bailey

MORNING TEA: 10.30AM TO 10.50AM 
SESSION 2: 10.50AM TO 12.00PM 

Panel: Human Rights by Public Opinion -  Campaigning for Change via national votes


Lee Carnie
Director of Legal Advocacy, Equality Australia, and Senior Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre

Shannan Dodson
Communications Manager, Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership and Engagement, University of Technology Sydney and Member of the National NAIDOC Committee


Professor Sarah Maddison
Co-Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration, Melbourne University

SESSION 3: 12.00PM TO 1.15PM 

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

Topic: Disability and human rights in Australia


Associate Professor Kate Galloway
Bond University

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

LUNCH: 1.15PM TO 2.15PM 
SESSION 4: 2.15PM TO 3.30PM 

Panel: Human rights and Australia's treatment of refugees


Katie Robertson
Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre


Shukufa Tahiri
Refugee Council of Australia


David Mejia-Canales
Senior Policy Adviser, Federation of Community Legal Centres

SESSION 5: 3.50PM TO 5.00PM 

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
President, Australian Human Rights Commission

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

WRAP UP: 5.00PM TO 5.10PM