Part of the Annual Geoffrey Sawer Lecture series
Over the centuries, governments, whether royal sovereigns or sovereign states, have relied on spies to reinforce their power and security. In a liberal democracy such as Australia, there is inevitable tension between the formidable powers of the intelligence agencies and the protection of civil liberties, such as individual privacy, and religious, political and intellectual freedoms. The challenge faced by intelligence agencies in meeting diverse and complex threats whilst respecting the proper bounds of government encroachment is greater than ever before.
The lecture will explore the legal and ethical framework in which the Australian Intelligence Community operates, the oversight of those operations and the structural and cultural features essential to success.
Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.
The Sawer Lecture will be followed by the Public Law Weekend on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November hosted by the ANU Centre for International and Public Law. The major sponsor for the Sawer Lecture and the Public Law Weekend is the Australian Government Solicitor.