Human rights

Reconsidering ‘revolution by constitution’: Law, social change, justice

Based on long-term ethnographic research on the “revolution by constitution” in contemporary Bolivia, this talk will examine the theoretical implications of the country’s turn to law as the principle mechanism of structural change and justice-seeking. Given Bolivia’s dependence on law as arguably one of the most radical laboratories for post-Cold War transformation, it offers a unique empirical vantage point for examining the outer boundaries where legal categories and discourses, social change, and historical accounts of justice meet.

Professor

Mark Goodale holds a chair at the University of Lausanne, where he is Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory of Cultural and Social Anthropology (LACS).

The Annual Kirby Lecture in International Law: New Zealand, Australia and International Human Rights: 1919-2019

In this tribute to the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC will reflect on international human rights issues in which Australia and New Zealand have engaged over the past century. Why have the members of the three branches of government of the two countries taken concordant or discordant positions on those matters? What roles have the academy and the wider public played?

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

Current issues in international law: A view from an Australian in the United Kingdom

Join Professor Robert McCorquodale for an informal Q&A chaired by Trina Malone of the Office of International Law focusing on recent happenings and future directions in international law from the perspective of an Australian practising public international law in the United Kingdom. Matters touched upon will include the Chagos Archipelago Proceedings before the International Court of Justice, challenges associated with Brexit and recent business and human rights initiatives involving governments, multilateral development banks, corporations and civil society.

Corporations and human rights regulations

This talk will consider the regulation of corporations for the human rights impacts of their activities. It will include the role of legislation, industry sectors and civil society, as well as courts, in regulation of the actions of corporations that abuse human rights. It will use the framework of developments in the area of responsible business conduct, especially of human rights due diligence, and changing corporate expectations.

Dr

Nicky's recent interests are public international law, human rights law, secularism and religious freedom, anti-discrimination law, politics, consumer issues and consumer law.

Dr

Marie Aronsson-Storrier is a lecturer in Global Law and Disasters, and the Programme Director for the LLM/MSc Global Crisis, Conflict, and Disaster Management, at the University of Reading. She holds a PhD in International Law (University of Melbourne, 2017) and a Master of Laws (University of Gothenburg, 2011). Marie has published in the areas of international law on the use of force, human rights, disaster management, disaster risk reduction, international criminal law and international humanitarian law.

Mr

Julen Etxabe is docent in legal theory from the University of Helsinki and writes in the areas of legal and political theory, law and humanities, and human rights. As a Fulbright scholar, he completed his SJD at the University of Michigan Law School with James Boyd White. He has taught at the University of Michigan (2008-10) and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki since 2010. He was a research fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2014-17) and co-editor in chief of No-Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice from 2012-17.

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