Scaling up human rights protections in the ACT

Scaling up Human Rights Protections in the ACT

In 2004, the passing of the Human Rights Act was heralded as groundbreaking legislation. Seventeen years on, how has the Human Rights Act lived up to its overarching goal of “bringing rights home” to Canberrans?

The COVID19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus human rights requiring urgent attention. Canberrans including women and children, people with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be impacted. Yet for much of the Canberra community, let alone vulnerable Canberrans who need it the most, taking action in the Supreme Court to protect and enforce human rights is not practicable.

Daniel Stewart, Chair of Canberra Community Law, will chair a panel of experts to offer their perspectives on the situation and to hear ideas to scale up human rights protection in the ACT.

The panel, consisting of Dr Helen Watchirs OAM (President of the ACT Human Rights Commission), Sean Costello (Principal Lawyer, Queensland Human Rights Commission), and human rights lawyer Naomi Gould, will offer their perspectives on future proposals and directions to improve human rights protection in the ACT, including reflections on human rights opportunities and challenges. The panel will also explore why a direct complaints mechanism to the Human Rights Commission is important, how it could be shaped, and what experiences can be learnt from the Queensland 12-month experience of having a direct complaints power.

Event details

  • When: Wednesday 12 May 2021, 5.30 to 7pm
  • Where: Canberra Community Law, Ground Floor, 21 Barry Drive Turner
  • Cost: Free entry, or optional contribution (please note no refunds can be made)

About Law Week

Law Week is an annual event held in May across Australia to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society. Each year in Canberra the Law Society and its partners run a range of events to celebrate and engage the local legal profession, and to educate the public about the role of lawyers in our society. 

Law Week is made possible with the support of LawCover, the principal Law Week sponsor — they have been a longstanding supporter of Law Week, and we thank them for their ongoing sponsorship.

If you have any questions about Law Week in the ACT, please contact Nicole Karman on 02 6274 0300 or nicole.karman@actlawsociety.asn.au.

ACT Law Week, in concert with the ACT Law Society Foundation, raises money each year for a local Canberra charity.

In 2021, ACT Law Week is supporting Raw Potential Canberra, a charity which empowers disadvantaged youth by providing non-judgemental support and opportunities for a bright future. 

Read more about Raw Potential, or make a direct tax-deductable donation, on their website at rawpotential.com.au.

Law Week events include fully paid as well as free events.

In past years, free events have operated on an 'entry by donation' basis. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot safely collect coins at the door. To overcome this issue, we have listed free events with optional 'contributions', so that attendess can choose to contribute to the cost of running of the event as they see fit.

Profits from Law Week every year are disbursed to the Law Week charity, via the ACT Law Society Foundation.

The ACT Law Society Foundation was originally seeded with three years’ worth of Law Week profit (2013, 2014 and 2015), matched by Law Society funds. Each year, around September, the Foundation's annual disbursement is paid directly to the Law Week charity. The corpus of the Foundation is grown by splitting Law Week profits between the Law Week charity and the Foundation (generally a 50/50 split, up to the disbursement amount). This arrangement ensures that the Foundation will continue to grow, allowing greater disbursements in future.

 

Event registration terms and conditions

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are sick, have recently visited a COVID hot-spot, or are in close contact with someone in either situation, please stay at home.

 

 

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Sponsors & Supporters

Message from the Sponsor

In recognition of our longstanding support of the ACT legal profession, and the excellent work of the ACT Law Society, Lawcover is delighted to renew our sponsorship of Law Week 2021.

Our unique position as a profession-owned, licensed and regulated professional indemnity insurer grants us deep insights into both legal practice and the community it serves. We are honoured to be associated with Law Weeks’ goal of promoting the public’s understanding of the law, and its role in society, as well as its fundraising efforts on behalf of local charities.  

As an insurer of the legal profession, and also a member of the profession, we are proud of our performance in delivering lower premiums and expanded services. We remain focused on continuing to provide enduring insurance protection and claims prevention support to ACT lawyers while promoting best practice of the law. 

Thank you to the ACT Law Society for the work you do on behalf of the profession and for the opportunity to sponsor Law Week 2021. Our very best wishes for a successful week.

Kerrie Lalich
Chief Executive Officer, Lawcover


For more information about Lawcover, visit www.lawcover.com.au, or call 1800 650 748.

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