Legal expert to deliver Charles Sturt public lecture in Bathurst

30 JANUARY 2020

Legal expert to deliver Charles Sturt public lecture in Bathurst

A leading Australian legal expert will deliver a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst on Sunday 2 February.

  • Leading legal figure to speak at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst
  • Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot, AM, will discuss ‘law reform, legal education, and the struggle for justice in the current age’
  • Members of the legal profession, students, staff, and the community are invited to attend the lecture at 10.30am on Sunday 2 February

The Charles Sturt Centre for Law and Justice will host Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot, AM, FAAL, DLitt, who will speak about ‘law reform, legal education and the struggle for justice in the current age’, followed by a question and answer session.

As senior consultant to Charles Sturt University in 2013-14, Professor Weisbrot was pivotal in designing and establishing the University’s innovative, fully-accredited new Bachelor of Laws.

Professor in Law Alison Gerard and Director of the Charles Sturt Centre for Law and Justice said, “We welcome Professor Weisbrot’s return to deliver this public lecture, and members of the legal profession, students, staff, and the wider community are invited to attend.”

“Professor Weisbrot has a long and distinguished career, and his perspectives on contemporary legal issues provide valuable insights into key justice issues of today.”

Emeritus Professor Weisbrot is a Foundation Fellow and Life Member of the Australian Academy of Law; Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney; and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University.

He is a Technical Consultant-Law Reform Expert to the United Nations Development Programme–Botswana, providing strategic advice on the establishment of a new law reform agency.

Professor Weisbrot is also a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission Expert Reference Group on Human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions.

He is on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Garvan Institute’s Centre for Clinical Genomics and the Indigenous Governance Council of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute’s Aboriginal Diabetes Study.

Professor Weisbrot was previously Chair of the Australian Press Council (2015-2017), responsible for developing ethical standards for print and online media, handling complaints, and advocating for free speech.

He was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) from 1999-2009 − the longest-serving President in the ALRC’s history − and presided over 15 major national inquiries, including Privacy Law and Practice; the Protection of Human Genetic Information; Gene Patenting and Human Health; the Federal Civil Justice System; the protection of classified and security sensitive information; civil and administrative penalties; and reviews of federal sedition laws, secrecy laws, and sentencing.

The Charles Sturt Centre for Law and Justice public lecture by Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot is at 10.30am on Sunday 2 February in room 205, building 1292, at Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst. The lecture will be followed by a morning tea, and parking is available at car park P7 on Village Drive.

  • Professional development note for lawyers; If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you can claim one (1) ‘unit’ for each hour of attendance (refreshment breaks not included).
Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Professor Alison Gerard contact Bruce Andrews at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0418 669 362 or news@csu.edu.au

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