Castan Centre public events and lectures 2013

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 2013 are posted below.

Human Rights and Business: Why human rights matter to successful businesses
Annual lecture by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
22 November 2013

Marriage equality in Australia. Where to from here?
The Hon. Adam Bandt MP, Federal Member for Melbourne and Rodney Croome, National Director of Australian Marriage Equality
24 October 2013

The Rights of Athletes
Brendan Schwab is the Director of International Player Relations
23 September 2013

Do we need a human rights body for the Asia-Pacific? Lessons from around the globe
Professor Dinah Shelton, Commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, George Washington University Law School
A Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow
12 September 2013

Public Interest Law Careers Guide launch
The Public Interest Law Careers guide is an online resource funded by the Victoria Law Foundation,  the guide presents dozens of Victorian organisations for you to consider, plus testimonials from people who've made a career in public interest law work. Speakers at the launch included Jill Prior, of Victoria Aboriginal Legal Service, Felicity Milner of Environment Defenders Office and Clare Bradin a legal and policy officer at the Supreme Court of Victoria
20 August 2013

The International Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Australian Leadership​, Australian Research
Mr Noel Campbell is Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Dr Sharon Pickering is a Professor of Criminology and Australian Research Council Future Fellow on Border Policing at Monash University in Melbourne Australia. Dr Ronli Sifris is a lecturer at Monash University's Faculty of Law and an Associate of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Dr Lesley Pruitt is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
15 August 2013

Prisoners and Human Rights - the potential and the reality
Dr Kim Pate is the Executive Director of Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Debbie Kilroy, is the CEO of Sisters Inside which is an independent community organization which advocates for the human rights of criminalized women. Dr Bronwyn Naylor is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at Monash University
8 August 2013

ASIO's Catch 22: Asylum in limbo
Matthew Albert is a Melbourne barrister who has represented a number of refugees and asylum seekers in the federal courts. Jane Dixon SC is the President of Liberty Victoria, one of Australia's leading civil liberties organisations. Dr Patrick Emerton is a Senior Lecturer in the Monash Faculty of Law and an Associate of the Castan Centre
17 June 2013

Sudan - 10 years after
Professor Alex Bellamy of Griffith University explores if the Australian government has a role in this crisis and if it can use its seat in the UN Security Council to keep Darfur high on the agenda and to pressure the Sudanese Government into stopping its human rights abuses against the people of Darfur, Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile
30 May 2013

Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: the Criminalisation of Labour Exploitation
Jennifer Burn is director of Anti-Slavery Australia, an associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, lawyer and migration agent. Susan Kneebone is a leading internationally renowned scholar on human trafficking, forced migration and refugee law. Professor Kneebone has taken a leading role in introducing research on refugee law and human trafficking issues into her faculty
17 May 2013

Children's Ground: A model that could end inter-generational poverty in Australia
Rosemary Addis is a Social Innovation Strategist for the Ausralian Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations. Jane Vadiveloo is the Children's Ground founding CEO, which was established to model a new approach to working with communities experiencing the greatest disadvantage in Australia and globally.
19 March 2013

Rainbows in the Court Room. How the Law Can Protect Our Environment
David Ritter is the CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia and formerly one of Australia's leading native title lawyers.
12 March 2013

Seeking security: Refugee policy in a time of complexity and change
Associate Professor Harry Minas is the Director for the Centre for International Mental Health of the Melbourne School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne, and Alex Pagliaro is the refugee campaigner for Amnesty International Australia
13 February 2013