02 Dec
6:00pm - 7:15pm
LIVESTREAM Aboriginal Lives Matter in Australia
  2020 has been an important year in the ongoing struggle to address the over-criminalisation and over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ) is committed to supporting and amplifying the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, advocates and activists who have been campaigning for justice on these issues for decades. This free public web-based event invites speakers to share reflections on the achievements, failures and lessons learned in 2020, and to speak on future priorities, actions and campaigns. Confirmed speakers: Peta MacGillivray, Teela Reid and Alison Whittaker About the speakers Peta MacGillivray is a Kalkutungu and South Sea Islander lawyer and researcher, and currently the Yuwaya Ngarra-li Project Manager based at UNSW. Peta has on a range of criminology, legal services and community-development projects in Sydney and across Australia. Peta was a Field Researcher and Project Manager for the ARC Linkage Project ‘Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System’. Peta’s area of legal practice specialisation is the legal needs of children and young people, particularly those experiencing social and economic disadvantage. For example, children and young people in the criminal justice system and the care and protection system. Peta is passionate about youth justice and children and young people’s participation in community development work. Peta is currently completing her Masters in Law (Criminology and Criminal Justice) at UNSW Faculty of Law. Teela Reid is an activist, lawyer, and proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman from Gilgandra in Western NSW. She is currently a criminal defence lawyer at Legal Aid NSW and a passionate advocate for abolishing systemic racism in the criminal justice process and the Australian Constitution. Teela was a lead researcher on the Walama Court Proposal in NSW and is an advocate for constitutional recognition. She was involved as a working group leader on s 51(xxvi) in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In 2017 Teela received a Roberta Sykes bursary to study at Harvard University within the Harvard Kennedy School, as part of the global Emerging Leaders program. In 2020 Teela received the UNSW Young Alumni Award. Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi multitasker. Between 2017–2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Alison is a Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna Institute at UTS, and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at UNSW. Her debut poetry collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, was awarded the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship in 2015. Her latest poetry collection, Blakwork, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and won the QLA Judithe Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection. She is the editor of the anthology Fire Front: First Nations poetry and power today. A Centre for Crime, Law and Justice seminar.  
03 Dec
9:00am - 6:00pm
LIVESTREAM Beijing Platform for Action at 25 Conference
Considering the advances and retreats in the situation of women internationally since the Beijing Fourth World Conference in 1995. Beijing Platform for Action at 25: Progress, Retreat and the Future of Women’s Rights Conference | Thursday 3 December | 9am-6pm AEDT Sydney The Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing in September 1995. The Conference adopted a Declaration and a Platform for Action, which identified 12 ‘critical areas of concern’: poverty, access to education; access to healthcare; violence against women; armed conflict; economic inequality; inequality in power and decision-making; promotion of the advancement of women; women’s human rights; media stereotyping of women; the environment; the girl child. While the Beijing Conference and its outcome documents were regarded as an ambivalent success by some contemporary observers, 25 years later it seems a very progressive moment in the history of women’s rights. Global politics have changed to the point that it is difficult to imagine that the Declaration or Platform could be negotiated in the same terms today. To mark the occasion of Beijing +25 and to consider the influence of the conference and outcome documents, the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School together with the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW Sydney, are co-hosting a conference to consider the advances, and retreats, in the situation of women internationally over the past 25 years. It will also identify possible avenues for responding to gender inequality and women’s rights now and into the future. Part One of the conference will reflect on the past, Part Two will examine present challenges and opportunities and Part Three will look at the future and ways to move forward. Visit the conference website for more information and to explore the full program. Confirmed speakers The Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence, former WA Premier and Emeritus Professor at University of Western Australia Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, NYU Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law and founding Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Important information: Registration is essential to attend this event. This is a fully online event. You will receive the event link closer to the conference date, after registering. Please check the email address that you registered with regularly for conference updates (and remember to check your spam folder). For accessibility enquiries please email: humanrights@unsw.edu.au