Curtin University Public Lecture: LGBTI Human Rights in Australia and Asia

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Join the Centre for Human Rights Education for a special public lecture with

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG
LGBTI Human Rights in Australia and Asia, The Pacific and Indian Ocean: Breaking the Logjam   

The lecture

In his talk Michael Kirby will describe the origins of legal oppression of LBGTI people in Australia and our region.  He will explain the origins in religious scripture and British common law.  When science in the mid-20th century demonstrated the unchosen character of human sexual variations, the need for change became obvious.  But though change has been achieved in Australia, New Zealand and a few Pacific Islands (Fiji, Palau, Cook Islands) most jurisdictions have remained obstinate in inertia and hostility.  Michael Kirby will describe recent moves to promote both a human rights and economic approach to break the logjam, given that parliamentary and judicial initiatives appear to have ground to a halt.  In the age of HIV and violence, urgent change is needed.

The speaker: 

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG was Australia’s longest serving judge from 1996 to 2009. In addition to his judicial duties, he served on three university governing bodies and was Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney from 1984-1993.

Michael Kirby also served on many national and international bodies, including being a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8);  UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6);  member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005);  member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-) and  member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

In 2010, he was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize. Between 2010 and 2012, he served on the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law. (2010-12). In 2013, he was appointed a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health. Later in 2013 he was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council, pursuant to a resolution of the Council, to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Event details

Event: LGBTI Human Rights in Australia and Asia, The Pacific and Indian Ocean: Breaking the Logjam
Date: Friday 27 March 2015

  • 6.00pm Registration
  • 6.15pm Lecture
  • 7.15pm – 8.00pm Refreshments

Tim Winton Lecture Theatre
Building 213.104
Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley

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