Australian Legacies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 70 years on

A public forum on Human Rights Day


Monday 10 December 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm

Ballarat Technology Park Central

110 Lydiard St South Federation University, School of Mines Ballarat (SMB) Campus Ballarat, Victoria 3350


Seventy years ago, on 10 December 1948, world leaders came to together to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has ever since shaped the delivery of community services in Australia, providing a common vocabulary and framework for understanding the role of citizens and individuals in shaping our legal and community sector systems.

Australia played a prominent role in shaping the Declaration, through the efforts of Colonel William Roy Hodgson, who was part of the eight person group – along with Eleanor Roosevelt – that drafted the original Declaration.

For this public session on World Human Rights Day we return to Hodgson’s place of education, the former School of Mines in Ballarat, now Federation University Australia, to remember and acknowledge the leadership role that Australia has played historically in championing human rights.

This is not the story of one man, however. The session will provide a platform for exploring the various ways in which the concept and operation of ‘human rights’ are playing out in Australian society.

With sessions focussing on contemporary law, disabilities, education and children’s rights, join community advocates, researchers, community sector, legal professionals, and citizens in discussing and planning for a future that honours the legacy of rights.

A collaboration between Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History, at Federation University Australia.

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1. Legacies of Human Rights – Australia and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 70 years ago today

  • Professor Andrew Hope, Dean, School of Arts, Federation University
  • Professor Keir Reeves, Director, Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History, Federation University

2. Human Rights in Australia today

  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR)
  • Keynote Speaker tbc

3. Human Rights of People with Disabilities: from conventions to practice – how far have we travelled?

  • Dr Marg Camilleri (Federation University). Justice responses to disability
  • Dr Rachel Hale (Federation University). Upholding human rights principles in the oversight of disability and correctional services

4. Education and access – in discussion with students, teachers and advocates

  • Dr Verity Archer (Federation University)
  • Joanne Humphries (Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare)
  • Rhiannon Smith (Federation University, and Department of Health and Human Services)

5. Rights, children, and records – institutional Care and Human Rights

  • Assoc. Prof. Jacqueline Wilson (Federation University)
  • Frank Golding (Vice-President, Care Leavers’ Australasia Network)
  • Assoc. Prof. Joanne Evans (Monash University)
  • More to be confirmed

6. Advocacy, reform and next steps for Human Rights in Australia

  • Emma Phillips, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR)

Federation University’s Technology Park Central is a fully accessible venue. If you have any disability access or support requirements in order for you to participate in this event, please contact

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Federation University’s SMB Campus is in the Ballarat Central Business District, at the end of Lydiard St South. It is within walking distance of the Ballarat Railway Station, follow this link for a map of the route from the Station. Street parking is available in surrounding areas, or in the nearby Central Square Carpar

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