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Human Rights Challenges for the Judiciary in the 21st Century.

Centre for American Legal Studies, School of Law, Birmingham City University

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 from 17:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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In conjunction with Birmingham Law Society, the Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University is pleased to invite you to the seminar “Human Rights Challenges for the Judiciary in the 21st Century". 

Keynote Speaker: Honourable Michael Kirby, AC, CMG, former Australian High Court Justice and now Co- Chair of the International Human Rights Institute. 

The seminar welcomes  judges  and lawyers from Brazil who will consider human rights challenges from their perspective and is part of the series of events "Global Constitutional Dialogue", organised by the Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University.

Programme:

Time

Event

5pm-6.00pm

Registration

 

6.00pm

Welcome from Birmingham City University  (Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University, Professor Phillip Plowden)

 

6.05pm

Welcome from Birmingham Law Society(Linden Thomas, President, Birmingham Law Society)

 

6.10pm

Introductory Remarks Dr Anne Richardson-Oakes, Director, Centre for American Legal Studies 

 

6.15-6.55pm

Human Rights Challenges for the Judiciary in the 21stCenturyHon. Michael Kirby, AC, CMG 

 

6.55-7.00 pm

Observations & Introduction to Panellists: Mark George QC

 

7.00-7.50pm

Human Rights Challenges in Brazil: Fernando Akaoui (Environment), Rafael Iorio & Fernanda Duarte (Religion), Guilherme Calmon (Children & Vulnerable Persons), Ricardo Perlingeiro (Race)

 

7.50- 8.15pm

Audience Q&A

 

8.15-9.00pm

Reception

 


Biography

THE HON. MICHAEL KIRBY AC CMG

AUSTRALIA

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.

 He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he became inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84). Later, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96) and, concurrently, President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-6). His appointment to the High Court of Australia followed in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.

In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby has served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (1984-93). He also served on many national and international bodies. Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); as President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007- 9) and as a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights(2004-).

Following his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He served as a Board Member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2009-14). He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates at home and abroad. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia (2009 - ).

He served 2011-12 as a member of the Eminent Persons Group on the future of the Commonwealth of Nations. He was a Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law 2011-2012. He was appointed to the Advisory Council of Transparency International, based in Berlin in 2012. In 2013- 2014, he was appointed Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. He a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Lancet Commission on AIDS to the Right to Health (2013-2014); the Global Fund’s Equitable Access Panel (2015-16); the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Medicines (2015-16); and UNAIDS/OHCHR’s panel on overreach of criminal law (2017); and Co-chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). 

He was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize in 2010 and has been Patron of the Kirby Institute on Blood Borne Diseases in UNSW Sydney, Australia since 2011. In May 2017, he was invested by Japan with the insignia of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in Tokyo, with an audience with the Emperor of Japan. In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (Est. 1866). He was also named for the 2018 United Nations Honour by the United Nations Association of Australia.

*Photo by Sasha Hadden

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Pinsent Masons
55 Colmore Row
B3 2FG Birmingham
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 from 17:00 to 20:30 (BST)


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Centre for American Legal Studies, School of Law, Birmingham City University

The Centre for American Legal Studies (CALS) is a centre of excellence for the study of law and legal matters relating to the USA.

The current work of CALS members relates to federalism and states’ rights, the administration of criminal justice, the nature and role of punishment in the US legal system, the constitutional and socio-legal aspects of race, gender and sexual orientation, the role of experts and evidence in the US court system, comparative aspects of environmental protection law in the US, the US and international trade  and the protection of  human rights.

The Centre for American Legal Studies is home to an LLB in the American Legal Studies programme, and supports a suite of modules including U.S. Constitutional Law and an American Legal Practice programme. It is led by Director Dr Anne Richardson-Oakes and Associate Director Ilaria Di Gioia. Other academic and research staff are: Prof Jon YorkeDr Sarah Cooper, Dr Haydn Davies, Dr Liviu Damsa and Dr Nkem Adeleye.

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