Prominent experts to speak at upcoming Law events

Published 28 March 2012

The former Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher and former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery QC will each be speaking at upcoming UNE Law events.

Kirby seminar – March 30, 2012

Allan Asher, former Commonwealth Ombudsman, will deliver the next Kirby Seminar in the School of Law, entitled “Ombudsman: Champion of the people?”  The lecture will take place at 12 noon in the JN Lewis Seminar Room, EBL Building (W38) on Friday, March 30.

Mr Asher will be talking about developments in public administration and accountability and in particular the ethical challenges and dilemmas confronting public servants who bring strong social justice commitments to their role.

Mr Asher has been an outspoken consumer advocate and campaigner for nearly 40 years. He was Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 1988-2000. He had a special concern for e-commerce and global information technology matters. From 2001 to 2010 he worked in a range of senior positions as a consumer advocate in the UK and Australia including as CEO of Energy Watch UK. He was Commonwealth Ombudsman from 2010 to 2011.

Law Ball – March 31, 2012

Nicholas Cowdery will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Law Ball, to take place at the Armidale Ex-Services Club on Saturday, March 31. Prof Cowdery was the Director of Public Prosecutions for the State of New South Wales from 1994 to 2011. That office is the largest prosecuting agency in Australia.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Faculties of Law in the Universities of NSW and of Wollongong and an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University. He is a legal expert consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.