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The annual NTEU Lecture provides a public forum for eminent Australians to present unique perspectives on aspects of higher education and its impact on the economic, social and cultural frameworks of Australian society.

"The joys and tears of Australian engagement in universal human rights in the United Nations.’’

Speaker: Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

In the 2017 NTEU Lecture, the Honourable Michael Kirby AC, CMG, past Justice of the High Court of Australia will explore both the national engagement of Australia with the United Nations initiatives on universal human rights that
date back to the Charter (1945) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) adopted with an Australian,
HV Evatt, in the chair as third president of the UN General Assembly.

He will describe the close early involvement of Australia in the UN system and the more recent loosening of compliance in recent years, including with respect to refugee, antiterrorism and other laws. He will also describe
his own engagement in many UN human rights activities, including LGBT, HIV and legal issues, as well as the UN mandates he has held on human rights in Cambodia and North Korea.

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