Human Rights Month 2019 Speaker Series

From 1 January 2020, Queensland will have the strongest legislated human rights protections in the country, as the second phase of the Human Rights Act 2019 is expected to come into effect.

Find out more about what the Act will mean from the experts during our Human Rights Month 2019 Speaker Series.

The series will have most relevance for those working in the public sector and other organisations with obligations under the Human Rights Act 2019, but is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Tickets are free but bookings are essential as places are limited.

Venue: Auditorium, 111 George Street, Brisbane.

 Wednesday 13 November 2019
What is the right to education?

Presented by Professor Tamara Walsh, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
1pm for a 1:15pm start **BOOKED OUT**

2:15pm for a 2:30pm start

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Professor Tamara Walsh has degrees in both Law and Social Work, and her interest is in social welfare law. Her research studies examine the impact of the law on vulnerable people including children and young people, people experiencing homelessness, people on low incomes, people with disabilities, mothers and carers. Most of her studies are sociolegal and empirical in nature, and she draws on human rights discourse to explore the influence that the law has on complex social problems. Her research has spanned 15 years and has been widely published, both in Australia and internationally. She undertakes pro bono legal practice in child protection and lectures in human rights law and family law.

 

Thursday 21 November 2019
Understanding the impact of Queensland's Human Rights Act

Presented by Bridget Burton, Caxton Legal Centre.
Two sessions:

1pm for a 1:15pm start **BOOKED OUT**

2:15pm for a 2:30pm start **BOOKED OUT**

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Bridget is the Director of Human Rights and Civil Law Practice at Caxton Legal Centre. She practices mainly anti-discrimination and human rights law.

 

Thursday 28 November 2019
Cultural rights for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples **BOOKED OUT**

Presented by Shane Duffy, CEO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service
1pm for a 1:15pm start **BOOKED OUT**

2:15pm for a 2:30pm start

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Shane is a descendant of the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in North West Queensland. Shane has worked in the human services industry for nearly 30 years both within the public and not for profit sectors. Key areas of work have been juvenile justice, child protection, business development and human rights with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples access to justice.

Shane has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in Queensland for the last 15 years. Shane has held many roles which include Co-Chair of the Change the Record Justice Coalition, Chair National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS), the Australian Legal Assistance Forum (ALAF), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Services Coalition (QATSIHSC), member of the Queensland governments Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Taskforce and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health advisory body and has represented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples internationally at United Nations forums in New York, Geneva and Alta.

 

Tuesday 3 December 2019
Freedom of religion and freedom of expression: Balancing rights

Presented by Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice Chancellor, Griffith University
2:15pm for a 2:30pm start **BOOKED OUT**

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Professor Carolyn Evans is Vice-Chancellor and President of Griffith University. Carolyn graduated with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate from Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Carolyn taught law at Oxford and Melbourne Universities. Prior to commencing at Griffith, Carolyn held the positions of Dean of Law, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International) and Deputy Provost at the University of Melbourne. Carolyn works in the areas of law and religion and human rights and has published and spoken on these issues around the world.