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Dr Elizabeth Evatt, Mr Chris Sidoti, Ms Rosemary Kayess

Wednesday 2 November 2016, 5:00pm

RightsTalk: Reflective – Key achievements and lessons learned from 30 years of human rights in Australia

Dr Elizabeth Evatt, Ms Rosemary Kayess, Mr Chris Sidoti

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Commission is hosting two inspiring RightsTalk events.

Join Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs at the first 30 Year Anniversary RightsTalk on Wednesday 2 November.

Featuring keynote address from Dr Elizabeth Evatt and guest panellists Chris Sidoti and Rosemary Kayess, this RightsTalk event will reflect on key achievements and lessons learned from 30 years of human rights in Australia.

Dr Elizabeth Evatt AC was the first Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia and the first female judge of an Australian federal court. Elizabeth served as a part-time Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1995-1998), now the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). She was the first Australian to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in 1992 and was also a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Dr Evatt has been an outspoken advocate on issues relating to human rights in Australia.

Ms Rosemary Kayess is a human rights lawyer. She currently teaches international law and human rights subjects at the Faculty of Law and is a Senior Research Fellow with Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. Rosemary served as an external expert on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was a founding member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Disability Reference group from 2008 to 2015.

Mr Chris Sidoti is a human rights lawyer, activist and teacher with a long career in non-government, national and international human rights organisations. Chris served as Human Rights Commissioner at the AHRC from 1995 to 2000. He is currently an international human rights consultant, specialising in the international human rights system and in national human rights institution and a member of the board of International Service for Human Rights.


Please join us at 5pm for some lights refreshments. Formalities start at 5.30pm.

The event is free but numbers are limited. Please register to reserve your place.

Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any requirements that will assist in your full participation please contact


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