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 our first five 2019 conference speakers, each of them an accomplished and inspiring woman.

Zainab Mahboob, our international keynote speaker, is Head of Legal at the Justice Project Pakistan. Zainab directs strategic litigation for clients with mental illness on death row.

Professor Rosemary Kayess' expertise in disability law was recognised in 2018 when she was appointed to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer and activist who was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me Award for her advocacy on behalf of the Australian-African and Melbourne’s South Sudanese communities.

Shukufa Tahiri is a human rights activist and former refugee who was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of its 100 Women of Influence for 2018.

Kate Galloway is a nationally recognised academic with expertise in sustainability and gender equality. Her work includes a focus on human rights in the age of technology.


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 26 May - $280
  • Full Registration from 27 May - $310
  • NGO Early Bird to 26 May - $140
  • NGO Registration from 27 May - $170
  • Full Time Student/Concession Early Bird to 26 May - $80
  • Full Time Student/Concession Registration from 27 May - $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 Marius Smith, Centre Manager on 03 9905 3386 or email

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