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 

PROFESSOR GILLIAN TRIGGSWith 2014 marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the impending release of the report on Children in Immigration Centres, this year's lecture will focus on the rights of children and will be delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs.

event details

DATE: Wednesday November 26, 2014
TIME: 1-2pm with afternoon tea to follow
PLACE: Great Hall, University of Newcastle, Callaghan (view map

Professor Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. She has an extensive background in law with previous roles including Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney, Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and a former Barrister. 

In her Presidency, Professor Triggs is committed to implementing Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party and working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.

Her influence adds to the Commission's efforts to inform Australians, especially children, about their fundamental human rights.

The Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture is an initiative of the Equity and Diversity Unit. For information about this lecture series, please contact

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. 

Last year more than 500 people attended the Human Rights and Social Lecture where columnist Peter FitzSimons presented Harnessing the Power of Sport for a Better World at the University of Newcastle. 

Watch the 2013 lecture delivered by columnist Peter FitzSimons here.