Castan Centre public events and lectures

Increasing awareness of human rights strengthens and invigorates efforts for change. One of our most important programs is our annual series of public lectures, workshops and roundtables featuring experts from Australia and overseas. Papers, audio and video recordings of our public lectures for 2010 are posted below.

Money and Politics: Why it Matters to Human Rights
Dr Joo-Cheong Tham is a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Law School. Sam Mclean is the Communications and Campaigns Director at
4 November 2010

Victorian State Election Human Rights Forum
Human rights forum with Shadow Victorian Attorney-General and Liberal Member for the State seat of Box Hill Robert Clark MP and Greens candidate for the State seat of Melbourne Brian Walters SC. Moderated by Damien Carrick presenter of The Law Report on ABC Radio National
9 September 2010

A matter of leadership: the AFL on the field and in the community
Annual Lecture by Andrew Demetriou the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League
17 August 2010

The rise and rise of targeted assassinations, and the implications for international law
Professor Philip Alston is UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals
19 May 2010

Geeks versus gag orders: has censorship been privatised?
Julian Assange is an activist, journalist, and the editor of
13 May 2010

R v Momcilovic: Human Rights Victory or Individual Injustice?
Michael Croucher, a member of the Victorian Bar and represented Vera Momcilovic
28 April 2010

How gender can affect progress towards the UN's Millennium Development Goals
Nana Oye Lithur, Chief Executive Director, Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Gana
14 April

Human Rights in South Africa Today
George Bizos SC, one of South Africa's leading human rights lawyers
5 March 2010

Iran: Between the Sovereignty of God and Sovereignty of People
Professor Amin Saikal, Director, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University
17 February 2010

Out to Sea: Refugee Policy Under the Rudd Government
Jessie Taylor, Melbourne lawyer and refugee advocate
11 February 2010