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CPD: Emergency Medical Transfers from Nauru and Manus Island

The International Commission of Jurists (Victoria) is pleased to announce an upcoming CPD event.

The discussion will focus on the extraordinary story of how medical transfer cases were coordinated in the Federal Court, utilising a number of firms of solicitors and counsel, acting pro bono. The panel will also discuss the legal issues involved, and the lessons learned from the process. Of particular interest will be an update post 2 March 2019, when the Medivac Bill which came into force.

When: 5.30-6.30pm, 17 April 2019

Where: Russell Kennedy Lawyers, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000


The panellists will include:


David Burke – David Burke joined the Human Rights Law Centre in 2018, working primarily to protect the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. He also coordinates the HRLC’s vital pro bono relationships with a number of Australia’s leading law firms. Prior to joining the HRLC, David was a lawyer at Lander & Rogers, where he founded and coordinated the firm’s Asylum Seeker Pro Bono Program.


Arti Chetty – Arti is a Senior Associate at Russell Kennedy. She has extensive experience working in refugee and migration law at all stages of the visa process, including representing people seeking asylum and refugees before delegates of the Minister for Home Affairs, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and in the Federal Circuit Court for judicial review matters.


Matthew Albert – Matthew practices in commercial, industrial and public law. He advises and acts in commercial disputes including contract, consumer, building and construction law. He recently won the John Gibson Award for contributions to human rights. Specifically, acting pro bono in multiple cases in the Federal and High Court concerning the urgent medical transfers of detained children to Australia for medical treatment.


Guy Gilbert SC – Guy is a member of the Victorian Bar and practices in commercial, employment, criminal and administrative law. He has extensive experience in the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He chairs the Migration Law Bar Association and the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria).