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Kids Behind Barbed Wire

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30 years after launching the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children are being held in appalling conditions in military detention in Palestine, behind wire in Mexico, on Manus and Nauru as part of Australia’s offshore processing policy and in a prison condemned for adult occupation in the NT of Australia. Children with mental disabilities suffer doubly in custody and in institutional care.

This panel session by the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria), in conjunction with the Deakin Law School, brings together global experts in person, online and by video to highlight the growing concern that the rights of children have been lost in the miasma of political rhetoric.

Our panel will answer questions on their experience of the practical and legal issues in their roles attempting to find dignity and respect for children subjected to the harshest of treatment. Panellists will be:

Gerard Horton – former Sydney barrister and co-founder of Military Court Watch, an NGO that monitors the detention and prosecution of children by the Israeli military.

Matthew Albert – Melbourne barrister, winner of the John Gibson Award for contributions to human rights and pro bono advocate in multiple cases in the Federal and High Court concerning the urgent medical transfers of detained children to Australia for medical treatment.

John Lawrence QC – Darwin barrister and campaigner for the rights of Aboriginal children in detention in the Northern Territory.

Dr Oliver Lewis – former Executive Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC), an NGO in Budapest working for the rights of people with disabilities and mental health issues in Europe and Africa, and Professor of Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds.

Julie Gilbert Rosicky – Executive Director International Social Service, USA.

Cassandra Seery – an Associste Lecturer at Deakin Law School specialising in child rights and policy and a former member of the Victorian public service, where she led the vulnerable children portfolio in Aboriginal Affairs and specialised in other related portfolio areas, including multicultural affairs, family violence and youth justice.

The panel will be coordinated and hosted by Professor Felicity Gerry QC and Campbell Thomson.

When: Thursday 21 March, 6pm

Where: Deakin Downtown 727 Collins Square, Collins Street, Melbourne

Register Your Attendance: bit.ly/DLSPanelSession

2018 Bar Reader’s Welcome Breakfast

ICJ Victoria are pleased to host a Welcome Breakfast for the 2018 ICJV Bar Reader, Ms. Ranitha Gnanarajah.

Join us for breakfast to welcome Ranitha to Melbourne!

Details

8am, Tuesday 4 September 2018
Essoign Club
Level One, Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William Street, Melbourne

A light breakfast will be supplied.  All ICJ Victoria friends and supporters welcome.

RSVP by 31 August to communications@icjvictoria.com.au

Annual Fundraising Dinner

Annual Fundraising Dinner 2018

ICJ Victoria is pleased to announce that the Annual Fundraising Dinner will feature keynote speaker Professor Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Brian Nankervis as Master of Ceremonies.

Professor Croucher holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the Commission, Rosalind was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2009–2017) and Commissioner (2006–2009), where she led a number of significant law reform inquiries.

Brian Nankervis is a writer, actor, radio host, television producer and comedian. He is known for his appearances in Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Hessie’s Shed, Introducing Gary Petty, and Let the Blood Run Free. In 2005, Nankervis co-created the SBS music trivia game show RocKwiz, which he also appears in alongside Julia Zemiro.

DETAILS

Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 5.30 for 6.30pm
RACV City Club, Pavilion Room, Level 2
501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

PRICING

Early bird sales (until 1 September 2018) are italicised.

ICJV Members: $170 / $160
Non-members: $180 / 170
Table of 10: $1600 / $1500

BOOK NOW https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=400671&

The Human Rights of LGBT People in Prison

There has been growing international interest on LGBT people in criminal justice systems. In Victoria, there is little information as to the unique mental health issues, physical risks, prejudices and obstacles they might face.

Join the International Commission of Jurists Victoria (ICJV) to discuss this issue as compared to international human rights frameworks, current scholarship on the issue, and advances made in Victoria and similar jurisdictions. This event will feature a panel made up of individuals working in Victoria’s criminal justice system, as well as advocates of the LGBT community. The objective of the event is to educate, inform and encourage future consideration of the issue.

Panel:

– Anna Brown, Legal Advocacy Director, Human Rights Law Centre
– Ro Allen, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality
– Brenda Appleton, Chair, TransgenderVictoria
– Brendan Money, Director of Sentencing Management, Corrections Victoria

Panel Chair: Professor Ian Malkin, Melbourne Law School

Time: 6.30-7:30 PM with refreshments to follow
Date: Tuesday 15 May 2018
Location: Maddocks (25/727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000)

Download ICJ(Vic) Law Week Flyer 

Sean Bain: ICJ Report from Myanmar

The International Commission of Jurists (Victoria) is pleased to invite its members and subscribers to an exclusive dialogue.

In recent years, Myanmar first opened itself to the world through the promotion of democracy, and then shocked the world by committing crimes against humanity against the Rohingya. Aung San Suu Kyi, First State Counsellor of Myanmar, has become the symbol of the country’s disappointed democratic and liberal ambitions. However, the situation is more complex and nuanced than what appears at first glance.

The International Commission of Jurists Asia-Pacific has played an active role in promoting the rule of law and advocating for the protection of human rights through the development of an independent judiciary in Myanmar.

Join ICJV this Thursday, 3 May, to hear from Sean Bain, International Legal Advisor for Myanmar, discuss the current situation of rule of law and human rights in Myanmar, and what Australia and the international community should be doing to alleviate the crisis.

5:30 – 6:15 PM
Thursday, 3 May 2018
Neil Forsyth Room
Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East

This dialogue will consist of a 20 minute presentation followed by a 25 minute Q&A.

Read Sean’s piece, Rohingya Crisis Demands Australian Leadership on Human Rights.

Read more about ICJs work on the situation in Myanmar.

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