The Australian Human Rights Commission, in partnership with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission is organising a forum to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
The half day discussion will examine how Australia’s and New Zealand’s war experience shaped the development of the contemporary world order, in particular the international human rights framework. It will also look at how 20th century conflicts framed our nations thinking about rights and freedoms.
The discussion will be led by a panel of high profile speakers. They include the Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC, who is one of Australia’s most eminent lawyers and jurists. She was the first Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia, the first female judge of an Australian federal court and the first Australian to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
She will be joined by Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, Chief of Army for the Australian Defence Force. Lieutenant General Morrison was awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to the Australian Army in the fields of training and education, military strategic commitments and force structure and capability. He has taken a strong public stand on ensuring the Army accepts women as equals, and has equally strongly condemned those within the Army engaged in inappropriate behaviour.
Also on the panel will be:
Dr Damian Powell: Principal, Janet Clarke Hall and Senior Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
David Rutherford: Chief Commissioner, Human Rights Commission of New Zealand
Robert Tickner: Chief Executive Officer, Australian Red Cross
The forum will be facilitated by Professor Joan Beaumont, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, School of International Political and Strategic Studies, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
Date: Thursday 1 May 2014 Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm, followed by a light lunch. Cost: FREE Venue: Australian Human Rights Commission, L3, 175 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000 RSVP:To register click here
On Wednesday 30 April, Professor David Kinley will explain why we need a right to freedom from corruption. In this RightsTalk, Professor Kinley will argue that global corruption has reached staggering proportions, with illicit money flowing out of developing countries over the past decade calculated to be US$8.44 trillion. As a result, governments are compromised, the law perverted, and human rights trampled.
But rather than be a victim of this global "plague" (as Kofi Annan called it), can human rights contribute to its cure? Professor Kinley says it can, by way of the creation of a new, free-standing human right in international law - a "right to freedom from corruption".
Date: Wednesday 30 April Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm Cost: Free Venue: Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney. More details and registration
Note: These events will be photographed and recorded and then available on the Commission website. Please note, by attending this event you are consenting to the use of those photos and video in various forms of media, on the web and in print by the Commission.
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