Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture 2017
The United Nations, Indigenous Peoples and Australia: Why Australia is an international outlier on Indigenous Peoples rights
- Speaker: Professor Megan Davis
- When: 22 August 2017
- Where: Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Courts Building, Level 7, Court Room 1, 119 North Quay
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Internationally Australia is a high income country; affluent, peaceful with a strong and effective rule of law. However, on the situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the recognition of Indigenous Peoples' rights, Australia is an outlier among comparative western liberal democratic states. Australia lags behind both developed and developing countries on structural accommodation as well.
One of the reasons for this is the failure to acknowledge and address the original grievance: the dispossession of Aboriginal peoples and the lack of recognition of pre-existing property rights and the authority structures of Aboriginal people.
This lecture will analyse the paucity of Indigenous rights in Australia and how international norms and comparative Indigenous constitutional rights informed the historic constitutional dialogues and the Uluru national constitutional convention outcome on 26 May 2017.
About the speaker
Professor Megan Davis is the newly appointed and first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at the University of New South Wales and the Chair and United Nations expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and holds portfolios in the Forum that include Gender and Women an Administration of Justice.
Professor Davis researchers in public law and public international law. Her current research focus is on constitutional design, democractic theory and Indigenous Peoples.
About The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture Series
The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2004 to honour the contribution that the late Professor Michael Whincop made to the development of legal scholarship. The lecture series aims to celebrate Michael's commitment to research excellence and innovation.
Professor Michael Whincop (1968-2003)
Professor Michael Whincop was a leading Australian and international scholar, particularly in the areas of economic analysis of law and company law. He joined the Griffith Law School in 1994 as a Lecturer and was promoted three times within only eight years, being promoted to Full Professor in 2002 at the age of 33.
Michael researched in a wide range of areas and published very extensively. He made substantial contributions to the development of the Griffith Law School, particularly in establishing its research reputation and in implementing its policies concerning excellence in teaching and learning.
Michael’s well-organised approach to teaching and his dry wit is fondly remembered by his former students.