Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture

The Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture was inaugurated in 2001 and was established to provide an opportunity for members of the University and the wider community to reflect on issues of social justice that challenge Australia.

2014 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture - The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Successes and Challenges 

Image of the 2014 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture in the UON Great Hall

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that was established to improve the conditions for children around the world.

More than 500 people attended the 2014 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, to discuss the successes and challenges of the Convention.

The 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child provided a good opportunity to reflect on Australia's implementation of the Convention, examine the measures it has taken to protect and promote the rights of children and identify what must be done to ensure that Australia lives up to the human rights commitments it has made.

Visit the We're Better Than This website for more information around children in detention.


Past speakers of this lecture include feminist, editor and publisher Dr Anne Summers AO; barrister, human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside AO QC; journalist Jeff McMullen AM; and public administrator Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue. 

In 2013, columnist Peter FitzSimons presented Harnessing the Power of Sport for a Better World at the University of Newcastle Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture. 

Watch the 2013 lecture delivered by Peter FitzSimons.