How will Australia's human rights record stack up before the UN?

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, together with the United Nations Association of Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre present:

Date:    29 October 2015 

Time:   6.00pm to 7.30pm 

Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne

RSVP: or telephone 03 9905 3327

Next month, Australia will appear before the United Nations Human Rights Council to have its human rights record scrutinised by its peers as part of the Universal Periodic Review. How does the UPR work? What criticism is Australia likely to face? And what is likely to change as a result?

Join a panel of human rights experts as they discuss these issues and more. 

Anna Brown is the Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation at the Human Rights Law Centre. Anna has been co-ordinating a large NGO Coalition engaged in the UPR including preparing joint submissions, continuing dialogue with the Australian Government and lobbying states in the lead up to Australia's appearance.

Darren Dick is Director of Policy and Programs at the Australian Human Rights Commission where he coordinates the Commission's policy agenda. He has fulfilled an advisory role for the Commission at a vast range of United Nations forums. 

Kevin Playford is the Director of the Human Rights and Indigenous Section at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

John Reid is the First Assistant Secretary, International Law and Human Rights Division at the Attorney-General's Department.  He will be the head of the Australian delegation presenting at the UPR in Geneva.

Professor Sarah Joseph is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She is a world renowned expert on the United Nations and human rights, and will be in Geneva for Australia's UPR.

Chaired by Wendy O'Brien, UNAA board member and Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University. Wendy's research expertise is in gender studies, program evaluation and human rights law.