Two human rights conferences

For your diaries:

The first is $1760 (now that the early bird discount has ended), but there’s a 20% discount for groups of five, which is a pretty damn big discount. The second is $150 (or $75 for student and concessions.) Must be something funny about that second conference…

The first conference is on human rights issues across Australia, including the following talks that appear to be about the Charter:

  • The Victorian Charter: fostering administrative and judicial review in human rights, Fiona Smith, Chairperson, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • The boundaries between individual rights and legislation , Simon Evans, Associate Professor, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, Melbourne Law School
  • Current conflicts and future directions: a human rights charter for Australia? When and how?, Susan Ryan AO, Former Senator, Hawke Government Cabinet
  • The role of human rights charters in addressing disadvantage and empowering the poor, Phil Lynch, Director, Human Rights Law Resource Centre

But you’ll also get to hear Justice (?) Geoffrey Robertson “subject to availability” and Stephen Keim.

The second conference is entirely about human rights acts, albeit not just the Charter:

  • Opening address, The Hon Robert McClelland MP, Commonwealth Attorney-General
  • Current developments: Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
    Associate Professor Carolyn Evans, Melbourne Law School
  • Current developments: ACT Human Rights Act, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University
  • Current developments: State of play in other Australian jurisdictions, Edward Santow, University of New South Wales
  • Limiting rights: A New Zealand perspective, The Rt Hon Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, Supreme Court of New Zealand
  • Limiting rights: A United Kingdom perspective (via DVD), Lord Justice Sir Stephen Sedley, Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Response, The Hon Justice Marcia Neave, Court of Appeal, Victoria
  • A comparative law perspective on human rights Acts, Professor Johannes Chan SC, University of Hong Kong
  • Response, Joanna Davidson, Special Counsel Human Rights, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office
  • Equality rights and the relationship with anti-discrimination legislation, Debbie Mortimer SC, Victorian Bar
  • Australian human rights Acts and the private sector, Sally Sheppard, Partner, Clayton Utz (Melbourne)
  • Human rights in the criminal trial, Associate Professor Jeremy Gans, University of Melbourne

Maybe I’ll copy Sedley LJ and show a DVD instead (‘subject to legality’)!

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