1.5 CPD Units in Professional Skills
10 December - 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Hon. Catherine Branson AC QC, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
The Hon Catherine Branson AC QC (BA LLB (Adel) Hon LLD (Flin) Hon D Litt (Macq)) is a former judge of the Federal Court of Australia and a past President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Commissioner. Earlier in her career she held the positions of Crown Solicitor of South Australia and CEO of the Attorney-General’s Department (SA) before leaving public employment to practice as a barrister at the Adelaide Bar. She was appointed a Queens’ Counsel in 1992. Catherine is a presently Deputy Chancellor of The University of Adelaide and an Adjunct Professor of the Adelaide Law School. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Additionally she serves on a number of not-for-profit boards and advisory committees. In 2018 she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Marie-Charlotte McKenna, Acting Assistant Secretary, International Law Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Marie-Charlotte McKenna is the Acting Assistant Secretary of the International Law Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Since joining the Department in 2005, she has worked in various positions with responsibility for advising government on public international law, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law and the use of force. She has also worked in the trade law, human rights, counter-terrorism, Afghanistan, and United States branches of the Department. On posting to Australia’s Embassy to the Netherlands, Marie-Charlotte managed Australia’s relationships with the Hague-based international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Ms McKenna holds a BA (Hons)/LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University and a BCL (Dist.) from Oxford University. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.
Dr Sarah Moulds, Senior Project Officer, South Australian Law Reform Institute, Adelaide Law School
Dr Sarah Moulds' career has had a strong law reform focus, and includes seven years at the Law Council of Australia including as Director of Criminal Law and Human Rights, and more recently as a Senior Project Officer at the South Australian Law Reform Institute. Sarah is also an Associate Teacher at the University of Adelaide’s Law School and has recently completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide’s Law School in the area of parliamentary scrutiny of Australia's counter terrorism laws. In July 2018 her PhD Thesis was awarded a Deans Commendation and nominated by both examiners for a University Medal.
Bernie Andary, Human Rights Committee
About the session:
This CPD seminar explores the contemporary legal significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the 70th Anniversary of its passing by the UN General Assembly under the Presidency of Australian Foreign Minister HV 'Doc' Evatt. Three distinguished speakers will address the UDHR from different legal perspectives. Dr Marie-Charlotte McKenna (Acting Assistant Secretary, International Law Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) will explore the UDHR's significance from an international perspective, reflecting on the status of parts of the UDHR as customary international law binding on all States including Australia, examining its importance in the evolution and interpretation of the suite of international human rights treaties, and examining the relevance of the UDHR to key contemporary legal human rights issues. The Honourable Catherine Branson AC QC (former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia) will examine the significance of the UDHR from the perspective of an Australian lawyer, addressing the influence of the UDHR and the international human rights treaties related to it in actions before Australian courts, and reflecting on the various ways in which the UDHR has impacted on the law in Australia over the past 70 years. Dr Sarah Moulds (Senior Project Officer, South Australian Law Reform Institute, Adelaide Law School) will then address the impact of the UDHR on Australian parliaments in their law-making processes. Overall, the session will give practitioners relevant and practical insights into the evolution and contemporary importance of the law of human rights in Australia.