Don Dunstan Foundation and Oxfam Australia present
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC
Law, Justice and Mass Atrocity Crimes
The Responsibility to Protect and the international response to Libya and Syria
Gareth Evans is Chancellor of the Australian National University, President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group – the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation which he led from 2000 to 2009. Chair of the International Advisory Boards of the New York-based Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and Canberra-based Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He taught international relations at the University of Melbourne from 2009 to June 2012, and is now an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the ANU.
He previously spent 21 years in Australian politics, thirteen of them as a Cabinet Minister in four major portfolios. He was Attorney-General (1983-84) and as Foreign Minister (1988-96) he became best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, concluding the Chemical Weapons Convention, and initiating new Asia Pacific regional economic and security architecture. He has written or edited nine books – most recently The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All (Brookings Institution Press, 2008, 2009) – and has published over 100 journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform.
In 2010 Gareth Evans was awarded the 2010 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Award for Freedom from Fear, for his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect concept, and his contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament. In December 2011 Foreign Policy magazine cited him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2011 “for making ‘the responsibility to protect’ more than academic”. He was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in the June 2012 Queens Birthday honours list.
When: Tuesday, July 10 2012 at 7pm
Where: Elder Hall, University of South Australia, North Tce, Adelaide
Price: $20 general admission, $10 concession or DDF subscriber