Human rights campaigner, Julian Burnside AO QC, delivers public lecture at UWS

Eminent lawyer and human rights advocate, Julian Burnside AO QC, will deliver a public lecture on Wednesday 3 October on the important issue of defending unpopular causes.

Media are invited to attend the lecture, which will see Mr Burnside discuss his experiences defending unpopular causes. Some of the clients he has defended have ranged from wealthy clients, such as Alan Bond, to the neediest clients, such as Indigenous Australians and asylum seekers.

Dean of the UWS School of Law, Professor Michael Adams, says the University is pleased to have Mr Burnside speak at UWS.

"It is important for our students and the public to hear about unpopular cases that demonstrate the right of each Australian to have a fair trial no matter who they are," says Professor Adams.

"Most students, when they are studying, don't often think about the range of cases that they may have to defend one day. This lecture will provide food for thought as to how our future lawyers will be able to defend such cases."

In 2004, Mr Burnside was awarded the 'Human Rights Law Award' by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and sponsored by the Law Council of Australia for his pro-bono legal work for asylum seekers and for his work in establishing the program, 'Spare Lawyers for Refugees'.

Also in 2004, he was elected to the list of Australian National Living Treasures for his outstanding contributions to Australian society.

WHAT: School of Law Public Lecture 'Defending Unpopular Causes'

WHEN: Wednesday 3 October, 2012 at 6.00pm to 7.30pm

WHERE: Building EA, Ground level, Room 18 (Lecture Theatre 1), UWS Parramatta campus, Victoria Road, James Ruse Drive, Parramatta, NSW, Australia

Note to media: Media are encouraged to contact the UWS Media Unit ahead of the event to confirm their attendance.


27 September 2012

Contact: Kristy Gleeson, Media Officer