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ALHR & NJP Human Rights Dinner

Join Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and the National Justice Project for dinner
in support of our work to protect and promote human rights in Australia.
We are honoured to host an evening in conversation with: 

Tony McAvoy SC: Leading native title barrister and the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed Senior Counsel, Mr McAvoy SC is a barrister whose deep commitment to Indigenous justice is widely known and respected.

Larissa Behrendt: Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, Larissa Behrendt hosts Speaking Out on ABC Radio, and is a passionate and an articulate advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Facilitated by Michael Lavarch AO

Opening comments from Julian Burnside AO QC

Please  join us for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening of stimulating conversation and good food, and you might just head home with a raffle prize or win your bid in the charity auction.

Become a member of ALHR here and access discounted ticket and table prices.

About Larissa Behrendt

Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman and the Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney and Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

Larissa has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and the Walkley nominated Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary.

Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary AwardLarissa is on the board of Sydney Festival and a board member of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel.

She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.


About Tony McAvoy SC


Wiri man Tony McAvoy SC is the first Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to have been appointed Senior Counsel in Australia. He is a barrister whose deep commitment to Indigenous justice is widely known and respected. He specialises in native title and discrimination law and has successfully represented many traditional owners in their native title claims in the Federal Court. He also has significant experience in administrative law, environmental law, discrimination and human rights law and, coronial inquests and criminal law.


Tony has served as an acting Part-Time Commissioner in the NSW Land and Environment Court. He was the inaugural recipient of the Attorney General’s award as Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year in 2010. In 2017 he was appointed co-Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. On 7th August 2018 Tony was named QUT Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and also received the Faculty of Law's Outstanding Alumnus Award. 


About Julian Burnside AO QC

Julian Burnside is a barrister, human rights advocate, author and past president of Liberty Victoria. He is well known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has provided legal counsel in a wide array of high-profile cases. He represented Liberty Victoria in an action against the Australian Government over the Tampa crisis and has acted in several major cases on behalf of Indigenous Australians. He is an Australian Living Treasure and recipient of the Australian Peace Prize, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service as a human rights advocate.


About Michael Lavarch AO


Michael Lavarch is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the Queensland University of Technology. Professor Lavarch is a former Dean of the QUT Law Faculty and was Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia from 2001-2004. Between 1987-1996, he was a Federal MP and served as the Attorney-General in the Keating Government. As Attorney-General, Professor Lavarch has carriage of the establishment of the National Native Title Tribunal and conduct of negotiations with State and Territory governments for the implementation of the Native Title Act. He also initiated a wide range of law reform, including: The Human Rights Commission enquiry into the forced removal of Aboriginal children, resulting in the Bringing Them Home report; and Overturning the last Australian law criminalising homosexuality. In 2012, Professor Lavarch was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to law, education and human rights.


Sky Phoenix Restaurant
188 Pitt Street, Sydney , NSW 2000


Sky Phoenix is accessible. There is lift access from Castlereagh and Pitt Street.  The restaurant is located right next to the lifts on level 6. If guests are driving, Westfield valet parking is located at 135 King Street, and entry after 6pm can be validated by presenting the ticket at the restaurant’s cashier, for a $10 flat rate.

For enquiries about the dinner please email us at vicepresident@alhr.org.au

To access discounted ticket prices become a member of ALHR here 


ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national association of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. ALHR has active and engaged National, State and Territory committees and specialist thematic committees. Through advocacy, media engagement, education, networking, research and training, ALHR promotes, practices and protects universally accepted standards of human rights throughout Australia and overseas.

For enquiries about ALHR membership please email us at membershipenquiries@alhr.org.au


The National Justice Project is a not-for-profit legal service. We apply our expertise to advancing human rights by representing and giving voice to the vulnerable who would otherwise be unable to find legal representation. NJP was established by Adjunct Professor George Newhouse and Lt Col (ret) Dan Mori. Through court work, research, training and strategic advocacy we use our skills to build a fairer justice system and more equitable society.

We work collaboratively with our community partners to identify systemic injustice and with individuals to run test cases. Our long term goal is to bring change to systemic problems of abuse and discrimination. If you share our mission to advance justice and equality for all Australians, please consider supporting the vital work we do.

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