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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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The Honourable Geoff Eames Speaks on Democracy in Nauru

The Australian Government cannot stand mute while democracy collapses on Nauru.

In June 2015, the President, Baron Waqa, had 19 members of the Opposition arrested and jailed after they staged a peaceful protest outside Parliament. Four pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison terms by the local Magistrate. The Government appealed the sentences and the Nauruan Supreme Court judge more than doubled the sentences. The jailed politicians appealed to the Australian High Court which found the the judge was wrong. The Government’s response was to abolish the treaty, which made the High Court Nauru’s final court of appeal. The 19 politicians in Opposition are now denied recourse to an appeal court. The Australian Government, which needs the continued co-operation of the Nauru Government to maintain its off-shore refugee detention centre, has failed to respond to the President’s abuses of his power. The Nauruan people deserve to be known for more than refugees and corruption. We call our Government to call Nauru to account for its failure to uphold to the principles of democracy and rule of law.

On 19 April 2018, the Hon Geoff Eames, a former Nauru Chief Justice, spoke on on the subject for ICJV.

A copy of the speech, ‘Nauru abandons High Court appeals: Is this a threat to the rule of law?’ can be found here: Nauru abandons High Court appeals

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Attached is a link to a recent, helpful journalist’s report of the history of the conflict. Read the report here.

CPD Series – Prosecuting War Crimes in Sierra Leone – Lesley Taylor QC

ICJ (Victoria) and the Criminal Bar Association invite you to join Lesley Taylor QC as she discusses war crime trials over breakfast at the Essoign Club. Lesley Taylor QC was Senior Trial Counsel prosecuting war crimes at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She has also been Senior Legal Advisor for UNHCR on Commissions of Inquiry into Timor L’este and Southern Kyrgyzstan. Lesley will discuss how International Criminal Courts are set up and operate. She will explain the particular issues she faced running successful prosecutions in Freetown after the decade long conflict in Sierra Leone. She will advise how Australian lawyers can get involved in international criminal and humanitarian law.

A continental breakfast will be provided to attendees.

This seminar is a component of the Victorian Bar CPD Program and will carry one CPD point.

Date: 22 March 2018
Time: 8.00 am
Location: The Essoign Club, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne
Admission Free

CPD Series – Felicity Gerry QC

On 27 February 2018, Felicity Gerry QC, who led the defence team in R v Jogee, will be discussing the consequences of this judgment for Australia, Hong Kong, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The seminar will be held in the Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East and will commence at 5.15pm.

This seminar is a component of the Victorian Bar CPD Program and will carry one CPD point.

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