Injustice Anywhere: Human Rights in Practice
Are the bold aims of human rights discourse too idealistic for the legal system to sustain in practice? How difficult is it to develop and enforce laws that promote a rights-based culture? What happens when rights clash? And what is the imperative for a bill of rights? Our panellists — Alan Attwood, Debbie Mortimer, Julian Burnside and Rob Stary — discuss the theory and practice of human rights.
Debbie Mortimer SC is a Melbourne barrister whose areas of practice include matters relating to civil liberties, constitutional law, discrimination law, equal opportunity, human rights, and freedom of information.
Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees.
Alan Attwood, author and journalist, is a Walkley-award winner and former New York correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. He has been editor of The Big Issue magazine since 2006.
Rob Stary is a Melbourne criminal defence lawyer who runs his own firm in Footscray.