So – you want to practise as a Human Rights Lawyer?



Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/09/2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location
The University of Newcastle

Categories


Panel Discussion & Networking Event

Proudly hosted by:

University of Newcastle, Room #502 Level 5,
NeW Space, Cnr Auckland & Hunter Sts, Newcastle

 

Madeleine Bridgett, Barrister, 6 St James Hall Chambers. After her admission to the Bar of England and Wales, Madeleine spent a year working for the Niger Delta Child Rights Watch Project in Nigeria, West Africa, for the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, where she fearlessly advocated for the rights of children whilst actively promoting the rule of law. Madeleine then travelled to Strasbourg and worked at the European Court of Human Rights where she was responsible for preparing draft reports and decisions on cases brought before the Court regarding admissibility.Madeleine is a strong advocate for human rights, equality and justice and undertakes regular work in international law and human rights.  She comes to law as a second career and brings with her significant experience having worked in the health and social care sectors for many years.

 

Julie O’Brien, Australian Human Rights Commission. Julie O’Brien is General Counsel at the Australian Human Rights Commission. As a human rights lawyer for 15 years, Julie has had conduct of and appeared in significant human rights cases on behalf of the Commission. She has engaged with Parliamentary Committees in their inquiries into key reforms to human rights and discrimination law. Julie has been a champion of flexible work practices and modelled effective balancing of work and family. She is the co-author of Federal Discrimination Law, a landmark publication for lawyers, businesses and individuals to understand the laws. Before commencing with the Commission, Julie worked in commercial litigation for five years both at Lloyd’s of London in England and at Tress Cox Lawyers in Sydney.

 

Associate Professor Amy Maguire specialises in public international law and human rights at the University of Newcastle Law School. She is a commentator on international legal and human rights issues for Australian and international television, radio, online and print media and a featured author for The Conversation. Amy contributes to evidence-based policy-making through submissions to government inquiries. Amy’s fields of research span human rights institutions, the rights of Indigenous peoples, climate change and human rights, refugee rights, and capital punishment. Amy’s current project examines Australia’s term as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

 

Janet Loughman is the Principal Solicitor of Women’s Legal Service NSW. She has worked in community legal centres for 30 years as well as in private practice. Women’s Legal Service ran a long running duty of care case against the State of NSW which led to her giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and changes to the way the State ran cases involving child sexual assault. She recently gave evidence to the NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill for abortion law reform. In 2005 she was awarded the Law and Justice Foundation Justice Medal.

Student Members $10; Student Non-Members $15; Members $35; Non-Members $40; Includes GST and refreshments; All welcome.

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