The possibilities and limits of protest

A Roundtable to Launch The Monash University Law Review

Special Issue on The Law of Protest

Date: Tuesday 20 August 2019 
Time: 1pm to 2.15pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: Register here

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law invites you to a roundtable to launch the Special Issue on the Law of Protest published recently in the Monash University Law Review which can be viewed here.

The roundtable, which will be moderated by Castan Centre Director, Professor Sarah Joseph will discuss the recent Anti-Extradition protests in Hong Kong, the current legal impediments facing environmental protest in Australia and the effectiveness of Victoria’s Safe Access Zones on anti-abortion protests.

Speakers will include:

Yik Mo Wong, Vice Convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, Hong Kong (via Zoom).

Bob Brown, lifelong activist, former Senator and founder of the Bob Brown Foundation.

Ronli Sifris and Tania Penovic, Deputy Directors of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and co-authors (along with Caroline Henckels) of amicus curiae submissions in the 2019 High Court litigation on safe access zones - Clubb v Edwards [2019] HCA 11.


Bob Brown was born and educated in rural NSW and worked as a doctor before becoming the face of the campaign to save the Franklin River in 1982. He was elected to the Tasmanian state parliament in 1983 and during his tenure most notably advocated for gun law reform, gay law reform and achieved the expansion of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. In 1996 Bob was elected to the Senate, where he led the national debate for 16 years on issues including climate change, democracy, preventative healthcare, conservation, and human rights. Bob resigned from the Senate in June 2012 to establish the Bob Brown Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting action campaigns for the environment in Australia and our region. He is a published author and acclaimed photographer.


Ronli Sifris is a Senior Lecturer in Monash University’s Faculty of Law and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her research focus is on the intersection of reproductive health / rights and the law at both the international and domestic level. Her book, Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture (Routledge, 2014) was launched by the then Hon Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Marilyn Warren AC and has been the subject of favourable book reviews. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, Ronli has Co-Edited two special issues of high quality journals. Further, in an effort to influence real legal change she has made submissions to a number of different Parliamentary / Law Reform Commission Inquiries and has been cited / extensively quoted in the resulting reports.

Dr Tania Penovic is a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. In addition to teaching and publishing widely on a range of human rights issues, Tania has designed and delivered human rights training to judges and government officials and provided influential advice in numerous law reform enquiries.

Yik Mo Wong is Vice Convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front and has been involved in the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Bio to follow when available.