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

Due to circumstances out of his control, Alex Greenwich MP is no longer able to be part of our  LGBTI/Constitution panel. However we are delighted to announce that we have been able to secure Lee Carnie, who makes a great addition to our Human Rights by Public Opinion -  Campaigning for Change via national votes panel.

Lee is a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre and is dedicated to removing all laws which discriminate against LGBTI people and to building movements for stronger human rights protections for all of us at both state and federal levels. Lee is also the Director of Legal Advocacy at Equality Australia,  played a pivotal role in the campaign for marriage equality and has worked on various pieces of strategic litigation and advocacy for a range of progressive law reform.

A reminder that all of our 2019 conference attendees have a chance to win 10 of the best human rights books to build your library. If you haven't got your ticket yet register to attend our conference now to be in the running for this great door prize, generously donated by Thompson Reuters, and Castan Centre for Human Rights Law academics.

We look forward to seeing you on July 26, together with hundreds of members of civil society, the legal profession, government, business and academia.

Our lineup of inspirational thought leaders for Australia's only human rights conference is now complete, and we've locked in the schedule for the day as well. See our sessions times at our program page below:

Program and speaker lineup

Click here for the conference program and speaker lineup.

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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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