Next CPD Event – The Role of the Profession in the Absence of a Legislative Human Rights Instrument

The National Human Rights Consultation was a broad ranging community consultation about the protection of human rights in Australia. Its major critics saw it as a stalking horse for a bill of rights. The committee engaged focus groups and random polling as well as over 60 community roundtables, a three day national symposium and received tens of thousands of submissions. The committee put forward a cascading set of recommendations in the light of the findings. Government declined to proceed with a Human Rights Act but enacted measures enhancing parliamentary scrutiny of legislation and Executive compliance with key international human rights instruments. In this presentation, Frank Brennan will ask what are the ongoing shortcomings in Australia’s arrangements for protecting human rights and how might lawyers assist the community in making up the shortfall.

Father Frank Brennan SJ AO, Professor of Law, Australian Catholic University, Adjunct Professor of Law, ANU and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies

Father Frank Brennan had been a self-confessed fence sitter on a Human Rights Act is a Jesuit priest, professor of law at Australian Catholic University and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He was the founding director of Uniya, the Australian Jesuit Social Justice Centre. He is a board member of St Vincents Health Australia and chairs the policy committee of Jesuit Social Services. In 2009, he chaired the Australian National Human Rights Consultation Committee.

Date: Thursday 27 June 2013
Time: 7.20 am – 8.30 am

Breakfast: A buffet continental breakfast will be served, accompanied by tea, coffee and juice
Venue: National Wine Centre (Cnr North Tce and Hackney Road)

Parking: Parking is available along Hackney Road and Plane Tree Drive after the first Parking Bay. Charges will apply.
Cost: $130 – Standard ticket
$110 – Alumni ticket
*$75 – Young lawyers discount ticket (for those who have been admitted for less than 3 years)
$40 – Adelaide GDLP Students
The event will attract 1 CPD point in practical ethics.
Please RSVP by 25 June 2013 to

Information about other CPD events in the Adelaide Law School Breakfast Seminar Series is available at here.

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