at The Wheeler Centre

Pursuing Justice: Human Rights in an Age of Crisis

This event originally scheduled to take place on Thursday 22 July was postponed in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events.  This will now be an online only event. Ticket bookers will be contacted shortly.

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.

Pursuing Justice: Human Rights in an Age of Crisis

In the midst of intersecting global crises, how can we address the escalating humanitarian and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century?

Covid-19 has thrown the world’s greatest human rights challenges into sharp relief: from the political crisis in Myanmar; to surveillance and censorship in China; to the oppression of Palestinians; to global warming, disarmament and restrictions on migration and border control. In many cases, the rapid changes brought about by the pandemic have created acute pressures and reignited long-standing human rights debates.

Join barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside QC and academic and founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation Stuart Rees, as they discuss how the most significant human rights questions of our time have shifted – and intensified – under the impact of Covid-19, and how global leaders and individuals can act to preserve human rights in a changing world. Hosted by Tasneem Chopra.

The online bookseller for this event is Hill of Content.

Presented in partnership with Free Palestine Melbourne

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Portrait of Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside is a Melbourne barrister. He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He specialises in commercial litigation, and has acted in many very contentious cases - the MUA Waterfront dispute; the Cash-for-Comment enquiry; cases for Alan Bond and Rose Porteous - but has become known for his human rights work and has acted pro bono in many refugee cases. 

He is an outspoken opponent of the mistreatment of people who come to Australia seeking protection from persecution. His latest book is Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice (Scribe).

Portrait of Stuart Rees

Stuart Rees

Stuart Rees, AM, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney, and former Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, Co-Founder Sydney University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Inaugural Director Sydney Peace Foundation.

Author of poetry anthologies and books on social justice including Cruelty or Humanity (2020), which was nominated for 2021 British Academy Book Prize. He was awarded Order of Australia for service to international relations in 2005 and the Jerusalem (Al Quds ) Peace Prize 2018.

Portrait of Tasneem Chopra

Tasneem Chopra

A cross-cultural consultant, Tasneem addresses leadership, cultural competence and intersectionality across private and public spheres. For her efforts she was recently appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Women of Colour, Australia - and in 2020, awarded an OAM.

Tasneem has been named an ‘Anti-Racism Champion’ by the Australian Human Rights Commission and holds a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University in recognition of her impact in the diversity sector.

She is a Board Director for The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Crescent Institute as well as a Strategic advisor for Fire Rescue Victoria and the Collingwood Football Expert Panel on Anti-Racism. 

A TEDxMelbourne presenter and writer, Tasneem has featured in SBS Life, The Guardian, the SMH and appeared on BBC’s IQ2 Debates, Q&A and is a regular panelist on The Drum.


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