About ICJ Victoria
ICJ Victoria is active in the community in educating, promoting debate and promoting the observance of its core principles of human rights, fairness and judicial independence through the Rule of Law.
Who Are We?
The current executive committee of ICJ Victoria is:
The Hon Justice Mordecai Bromberg (Federal Court)
The Hon Justice Karin Emerton (Supreme Court)
His Honour Judge Mark Taft (County Court)
Chair Glenn McGowan QC
ICJ Victoria runs a number of ongoing projects, where our membership contributes
These projects include:
- Sri Lankan Evidence Project
- Judicial Independence Roundtable
- Bar Readers Course for SE Asian Human Rights Lawyer
- Young Lawyers Projects
ICJ Victoria is an active advocate, and contributes by making frequent submissions to government, consulted with government and made multiple media releases on human rights issues, including:
- Sent a delegate to the DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights;
- Sent a delegate to the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva;
- Submitted a paper to the DFAT 13th Australia Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue;
- Released statements to the media regarding breaches of international law, and attacks on the President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs;
- Endorsed statements made about offshore detention by peak legal bodies, by the Judicial Conference of Australia’s concern regarding Judicial Detention in Turkey, and by the Australian Bar Association, calling for the Northern Territory Government to reconsider amendments to bail application legislation.
We have also endorsed a large number of submissions from other advocacy groups.
Each year, ICJ Victoria hosts the Community Opening of the Legal Year. This year the event featured the Honourable Justice James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, and Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. At this event, ICJ Victoria annually awards the John Gibson award, to an outstanding Victorian advocate, who has promoted human rights through positive and effective advocacy. This year the award went to Mr W Guy Gilbert.
ICJ Victoria hosts the ICJ Victoria Annual Fundraising Dinner. In 2016, the event featured the Honourable Professor Patrick Dodson, Federal Senator for Western Australia.
ICJ Victoria hosts events, providing for local and international advocates to speak on Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Recently we have hosted the following events:
- Breakfast event with Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Julian Burnside QC and Richard Niall QC, discussing asylum-seeker rights.
- Hosted Bryan Stevenson discussing human rights, the death penalty, and his book Just Mercy.