Labour & human rights:

As part of the Fringe Program of the 45th National Conference of the Australian Labor Party, the Evatt Foundation proudly presents:

Labour & Human Rights

An address by Geoffrey Robertson QC

Introduced by Julian Burnside AO QC

This event is open to the public generally. As a special offer to Conference participants, entry is free with an annual Evatt Foundation membership ($50 per annum). Note that numbers are limited and payment is required in advance.

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About Geoffrey Robertson QC

Geoffrey Robertson is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK's leading human rights practice, which comprises some 80 barristers and 30 staff. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple; and a Recorder (part-time judge) in London; an executive Member of Justice, and a trustee of the Capital Cases Trust. He is visiting Professor in Human Rights at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Mr Robertson has been counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the Commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. He has maintained a wide advisory practice and has served part-time as a UN appeal judge at its war crimes court in Sierra Leone. In 2008 the UN Secretary General appointed him as one of the three distinguished jurist members of the UN's Internal Justice Council.

He is the author of Crimes against Humanity - The Struggle for Global Justice, published by Penguin and the New Press (USA), now in its third edition; of a memoir, The Justice Game (Vintage), which has sold over 100,000 copies, Robertson and Nicol on Media Law (Sweet & Maxwell) and The Tyrannicide Brief (Vintage). He writes and broadcasts regularly on international legal issues and creates Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals for television and for ethics education.

His most recent publication is Statute of Liberty: How to give Australians back their rights (Vintage), in which he puts the case for an Australian Bill of Rights cogently and dramatically, proving with evidence from other countries how a statute of liberty helps ordinary citizens and improves standards of governance and public services. He exposes the lies and urban myths the Australian people face from opponents of the bill, and shows how the charter he has drafted reflects the history and real contemporary values of Australians.

About this address

This address is a further contribution by the Evatt Foundation to the debate that was commenced by the Australian Attorney-General in presenting the Annual Evatt Lecture in 2008, when he announced a national consultation process on the protection and promotion of human rights. Among other activities, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2008, in association with Sydney University Press the Foundation published Moving in the Open Daylight: Doc Evatt, an Australian at the United Nations, by Ashley Hogan (with a foreword by Michael Kirby).


When: Friday, 31 July, 5.45 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Where: Trades Hall Auditorium, 4 Goulburn Street, Sydney
Cost: $40 ($20 concession)

"he puts the case for an Australian Bill of Rights cogently and dramatically"

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