Justice Kirby to speak in Armidale on human rights

Published 24 February 2010

kirbyThe Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia and a renowned international lawyer, will speak at three public events when he visits Armidale on Thursday 18 March.

Justice Kirby (pictured here) is well known for his interest in human rights and international law, and in his Armidale talks – in town and at the University of New England – he will address human rights issues from Australasian and South-East Asian perspectives.

His talk at Armidale Bowling Club at 2.30 pm titled “Human rights in Australia. Lessons from Asia?” will focus on moves within ASEAN to establish human rights for the region that would leave Australia further behind in the express recognition of the human rights of its people. Entry to this talk – part of the Armidale Sanctuary Humanitarian Settlement’s human rights lecture series – will be by gold coin donation.

At 4 pm, Justice Kirby will take part in a symposium in UNE’s School of Law titled “Human rights conversations – new trends in human rights protection from a European and Australasian perspective”. He will be joined in the symposium by Professor Jürgen Bröhmer, Head of UNE’s School of Law, and Professor Bee Chen Goh from the Law School at Southern Cross University.

The interactive symposium will begin with presentations focusing on the protection of human rights from an Australasian perspective (Justice Kirby) and a European perspective (Professor Bröhmer), and on new trends in human rights protection (Professor Goh). These presentations will be followed by a discussion that will include the audience.

In the evening, Justice Kirby will be the special guest speaker at the Law Ball hosted by UNE’s Drummond and Smith Law Society. The Law Ball, from 7.15 pm in Armidale’s Ex-Services Memorial Club, will include a three-course meal and entertainment by the popular jazz band “Jazz Pump”. Tickets for this black-tie event are available now from the Ex-Services Club.

Everyone – from the University and from the wider community – is welcome to attend one or all of these events.

For more information, contact Julia Werren in UNE’s School of Law on 6773 2098.