ALHR invites you to the National Human Rights Conference: 17 – 18 February 2017

La Trobe Law School and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights are pleased to announce an exciting new development.  On 17 and 18 February 2017, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights will be hosting the inaugural Human Rights Conference in partnership with La Trobe Law School.

The Conference will bring together attendees from the law, academia, business and community sectors to examine topical human rights issues and strategically plan pathways forward for human rights advocacy and research in Australia.

The unique blend of practical legal focus, education and discussion offered by the ALHR National Human Rights Conference aims to benefit lawyers and advocates concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights.

The conference objectives are to:

  • promote international human rights and rule of law in Australia;
  • encourage improved strategic planning and strengthen links between lawyers and advocates concerned with the protection and promotion of human rights; and
  • ensure that there is on-going dialogue on human rights issues that impact upon Australia and beyond.

For the complete conference programme please click here.

The event flyer is available, here.

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Tim Soutphommasane

tim-sRace Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission.

Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at the University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Dr Soutphommasane was born in France and raised in southwest Sydney. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of the University of Sydney.

Julian Burnside AO QC

julian-bRenowned Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author.

Julian Burnside is a barrister based in Melbourne.  He specialises in commercial litigation.  He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989.

He acted for the Ok Tedi natives against BHP, for Alan Bond in fraud trials, for Rose Porteous in numerous actions against Gina Rinehart, and for the Maritime Union of Australia in the 1998 waterfront dispute against Patrick Stevedores. He was Senior Counsel assisting the Australian Broadcasting Authority in the “Cash for Comment” inquiry and was senior counsel for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation.

He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees.

He is passionately involved in the arts.  He collects contemporary paintings and sculptures and regularly commissions music.  He is Chair of Fortyfive Downstairs, a not for profit arts and performance venue in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and was formerly the Chair of Chamber Music Australia.

He is the author of a book of essays on language and etymology, Wordwatching (Scribe, 2004) and Watching Brief, (Scribe, 2007) a collection of his essays and speeches about the justice system and human rights.  He compiled a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps.  The book, From Nothing to Zero was published in 2003 by Lonely Planet.  He also wrote Matilda and the Dragon, a children’s book published by Allen & Unwin in 1991.

In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure.  In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

In 2014 he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. He is married to artist Kate Durham.

In addition we are proud to have speakers like David Manne, Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, Lucy Morgan, Associate Professor Justine Nolan, Anna Talbot, Professor Eileen Baldry, and many more.

The Conference is proudly hosted by ALHR’s principal sponsor La Trobe University


Date: Friday 17 February 2016 – Saturday 18 February 2016

Time: 8.00am – 7.30pm (Friday), 08:30am – 4:00pm (Saturday)

Venue: La Trobe University City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Cost: ALHR Professional Member & Passionate Supporter  $225.00/ALHR Community Sector  $185.00/ALHR Concession  $120.00/Non member $290.00/Non member Community Sector $225.00/Non member Concession $150.00

Register: register here. Places are limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

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