2009 Protecting Human Rights Conference

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Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
Fri, 2009-10-02

2009 Protecting Human Rights Conference - Friday, 2 October 2009, Art Gallery of NSW

We invite you to register for this one day event that will discuss developments in the legislative protection of human rights in Australia. Leading Australian and international speakers will consider the National Human Rights Consultation, and provide an update of developments in the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, the ACT Human Rights Act and in NSW human rights law. In addition, the conference will address the constitutional dialogue model that is a feature of the human rights statutes in many countries of the British Commonwealth. The conference will also consider some crucial further challenges in relation to human rights protection, including: the rights of Indigenous people; the protection of economic, social and cultural rights; and protecting the human rights of people with a disability.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Larissa Behrendt, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (UTS)
  • The Hon Catherine Branson QC, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Father Frank Brennan AO, Chair, National Human Rights Consultation
  • Professor Andrew Byrnes, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM and Renuka Thilagaratnam, Australian National University
  • Associate Professor Andrea Durbach, University of New South Wales
  • Associate Professor Simon Evans, Melbourne Law School
  • Professor Stephen A Gardbaum, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Rosemary Kayess, Disability Studies and Research Centre
  • Mary Kostakidis, National Human Rights Consultation committee member
  • The Hon Keith Mason AC, Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of New South Wales
  • Phil Lynch, Human Rights Law Resource Centre
  • Dr John Tobin, Melbourne Law School
  • Associate Professor Kristen Walker, University of Melbourne

Conference Brochure [PDF]

Conference registration from 29 September 2009, Online registration for this conference has now closed. You can still register to attend the conference by sending an email to Belinda McDonald (gtcentre@unsw.edu.au) with your name, title and contact details. You should bring a cheque or cash for payment on the day


2009 Protecting Human Rights Conference
Date Friday, 02 October 2009
Session 1: Human Rights and the National Consultation
Session Audio [79 MB] 558_Session1.mp3
Speakers for this Session
Mary Kostakidis
The Hon Keith Mason
Associate Professor Andrea Durbach
Phil Lynch
Introduction by Professor David Dixon and Edward Santow


Session 2: Human Rights Protection in Australia
Session Audio [81 MB] 558_Session2.mp3
Speakers for this Session
Professor Andrew Byrnes
Associate Professor Kristen Walker
Professor Hilary Charlesworth and Renuka Thilagaratnam


Session 3: The Commonwealth Bill of Rights Model and Australian Democracy
Session Audio [73 MB] 558_Session3.mp3
Speakers for this Session
Professor Stephen Gardbaum
Graeme Innes AM
Associate Professor Carolyn Evans on behalf of Associate Professor Simon Evans


Session 4: Further Challenges
Session Audio [80 MB] 558_Session4.mp3
Speakers for this Session
Dr John Tobin
Professor Larissa Behrendt (speech not taped)
Rosemary Kayess
Father Frank Brennan AO



Below is the listing of Speakers and their downloadable papers. Click on the title name of the paper to download it.