Public Forum - Prisons, overcrowding and human rights

Date: Thursday 6 November 2014
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: or 03 9905 3327

The use of imprisonment always poses challenges for the protection of prisoners' human rights in prison.  Current levels of overcrowding heighten those challenges and introduce new risks to prisoners.


Deborah Glass

Deborah Glass OBE is the Victorian Ombudsman. Deborah has recently stepped down as Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission of England and Wales, completing a 10-year term with the IPCC in March 2014. She was also the IPCC Commissioner for London, responsible for many high profile criminal and misconduct investigations.

Raised in Melbourne and a graduate of Monash University, Deborah practiced as a lawyer in Melbourne before joining Citicorp Investment Bank in Switzerland in 1985. She was appointed to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission at its inception in 1989, eventually becoming Senior Director. Upon moving to London in 1998 she was Chief Executive of the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation, which was a self-regulatory body being merged into the Financial Services Authority, until the completion of the merger in 2000. She was then appointed to the UK Police Complaints Authority, and in 2004, became a Commissioner of the newly constituted IPCC. Deborah was awarded an OBE for services to the IPCC in 2012.

Dr Bronwyn Naylor

Dr Bronwyn Naylor is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at Monash University, with degrees in Arts and Law from Monash University, and a Doctorate in Criminology from Cambridge University.  She has been teaching, researching and publishing in criminal law, corrections, regulation, and criminal justice and gender for over 20 years.  Dr Naylor is the lead Investigator on an ARC-funded project on human rights in prisons and other places of detention.  She has presented papers and published articles on this research, and is a contributor to and co-editor of the new Federation Press publication Human Rights in Closed Environments.

Dr Gideon Boas

Dr Gideon Boas is an Associate Professor in the Monash Law Faculty and a Barrister at the Victorian Bar. He was a Senior Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he was the senior adviser to the Trial Chamber in the Milošević case. He has consulted for a range of governments, including the Australian federal government and Victorian government departments, as well as the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has also consulted for international organisations and NGOs, writing briefing papers and providing training. Gideon has been pro bono legal counsel for accused war criminal, Radovan Karadžić and has appeared and provided expert advice on extradition and other matters. He has published many books, book chapters and articles on international law, criminal law, evidence and justice.

Gideon appeared late last year in an application in the Magistrates' Court to hold the Governor of the Melbourne Remand Centre in contempt for failing to produce a prisoner under a gaol order.