The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Date: Friday 22 July 2022
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Online Zoom
RSVP: Register here


A/Prof Melissa Castan, Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
9.05am Opening of Conference
Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Monash University
9.10am Keynote Address - Restoring a human rights-based approach
 The Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Attorney-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
10.00am Break
10.30am Panel: Embedding Human Rights in Mental Health Law and Services

Emeritus Professor Bernadette McSherry
Melbourne Law School and Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission

Topic: Embedding 'positive' human rights into mental health law and services

Vrinda Edan
Consumer Academic, Centre for Mental Health Nursing, Department of Nursing, School  of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Mary O’Hagan
Executive Director, Lived Experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division, Department of Health in Victoria

12.00pm Lunch
12.45pm Keynote Address - Human Rights in Australia:  Further Thoughts on what a Federal Human Rights Act Would Look Like
  The Hon Pamela Tate SC, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University,  member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Former Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria
1.45pm Break
2.00pm Panel: Current Issues in Human Rights Law

Dr Monique Cormier
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Topic: Intersection of international human rights law and international criminal law in the context of Ukraine

Associate Professor Becky Batagol
Faculty of Law, Monash University, member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Professor Beth Gaze
Melbourne Law School

3.30pm Break
3.45pm Keynote Address -  New frontiers in international human rights law: physical, digital, topical
  Professor Yuval Shany, Former Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
4.45pm Close

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If you have any queries about the conference please tel 03 9905 3327 or email


If you are interested to discuss sponsorship of the conference please contact Janice Hugo, Centres Administration Officer on 03 9905 3327 or email

CPD Requirements

This conference may be credited towards your CPD requirements. Please visit the Law Institute of Victoria's Legal Compliance website for further information.


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