Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession

Date & time
5.30–7pm Monday 5 August 2019

Australian Centre on China in the World
Building 188, Fellows Lane
ANU, Canberra, ACT 2601

Professor Sally Wheeler OBE
Kieran Pender


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Presented by The International Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia, the ACT Law Society, the ACT Bar Association and the Australian Academy of Law

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The International Bar Association (IBA), together with The Australian National University, the Law Council of Australia, the ACT Law Society, the ACT Bar Association and the Australian Academy of Law, will host a panel event to discuss findings from the IBA’s report "Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession". The landmark report analyses data collected from the largest-ever global survey on the prevalence, nature and impact of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession. The report also provides 10 recommendations to aid the profession's efforts to achieve meaningful change.

Doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm start. Registration is free, but essential as seating is limited. The seminar will be followed by drinks and canapes. 

'This important report is a clarion call for urgent action. I urge you to absorb its facts and findings and then make a difference.' Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Opening Remarks 

  • Professor Sally Wheeler OBE MRIA FAcSS FAAL - Dean, ANU College of Law
  • Stephen Whybrow - Law Council of Australia and ACT Bar Association

Report Findings

  • Kieran Pender - Legal Policy & Research Unit, International Bar Association

Panel moderated by

  • Emerita Professor Margaret Thornton FASSA FAAL - Emerita Professor, ANU College of Law 

Joined by

  • The Honourable Chief Justice Helen Murrell - Chief Justice, ACT Supreme Court
  • John Wilson - Managing Director, Bradley Allen Love Lawyers
  • Prue Bindon - Barrister, Key Chambers
  • Kate Eastman SC - New Chambers

Concluding Remarks

  • Emerita Professor Patricia Eastel AM - University of Canberra; Legal Light Bulbs


  • Professor Sally Wheeler OBE FAcSS FAAL »

    Professor Sally Wheeler OBE

    Sally is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Strategy and Dean of ANU College of Law. Prior to taking up these positions, Sally was a Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen's University Belfast. Sally was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Irish Academy in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2018. Sally was the Head of the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast for several years where she also served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS), Dean of Internationalisation (AHSS) and, in 2017, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise. In the 2017 New Years' Honours list, Sally was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in Northern Ireland.

  • Kieran Pender »

    Kieran Pender

    Kieran is a senior legal advisor with the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU), and a Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University (ANU) Centre for International and Public Law. He has led the LPRU’s work on bullying and sexual harassment in the profession, and is the author of the forthcoming report. Kieran is a graduate of the ANU, where he was awarded the university medal. His interests include whistleblower protections, anti-corruption and employment law. His academic work has been published in the Public Law Review, Sydney Law Review and Melbourne University Law Review, and he has spoken at the United Nations, World Bank, European Parliament and OECD. Kieran is also a freelance journalist and has reported from four continents for The Guardian and Monocle. 

  • Emerita Professor Margaret Thornton FASSA FAAL »

    Emerita Professor Margaret Thornton

    Margaret is a socio-legal and feminist scholar whose work on the legal academy and the legal profession is internationally recognised. She has published extensively in the area of discrimination and the law. Her book The Liberal Promise (Oxford, 1990) remains the only critical study of discrimination law in Australia. Her book, Dissonance and Distrust (Oxford 1996) is the leading study of women in the legal profession in Australia. Her current Australian Research Council-funded research focuses on work/life balance in corporate law firms, particularly the gendered effects of globalisation, competition and technology.

  • John Wilson »

    John Wilson

    John is Canberra’s leading employment lawyer. He is the Managing Legal Director at Bradley Allen Love and has been a NSW Law Society accredited specialist in Industrial Relations and Employment Law for over a decade. John is a thought leader in the workplace relations space. He is a prolific author, writing for The Canberra Times, The Mandarin, Ethos: Journal of the ACT Law Society, the NSW Law Society Journal and HR Monthly alongside appearances on ABC Radio National and 3AW. John chairs the ACT Law Society’s industrial relations committee, and formerly lectured on employment law at the University of Canberra.

  • Prue Bindon »

    Prue Bindon

    Prue was called to the Bar in July 2016 and works predominantly in the areas of employment, industrial, discrimination, professional discipline and administrative law. Prue graduated from The Australian National University with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Law. She went on to work as the associate to the Honourable Dyson Heydon AC QC on the High Court of Australia, and then in practice in Australia and Hong Kong with several international law firms. She also undertook further study at Oxford University ,where she graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL). She has been an associate lecturer at the ANU law school for a number of years. Prue served as the President of the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT over 2015–2017 and is currently a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Equal Opportunity Committee.

  • Emerita Professor Patricia Easteal AM »

    Patricia Easteal

    Patricia is an academic, author, advocate and activist. In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Honour ‘for service to the community, education and the law through promoting awareness and understanding of violence against women, discrimination and access to justice for minority groups.’ Her publications include Less than Equal: Women and the Australian Legal System (2001), Women and the Law in Australia (2010) and most recently Rape Law in Context: Contesting the Scales of Injustice (2018, with Simon Bronitt). She recently founded a consultancy, Legal Light Bulbs.

  • Arthur Moses SC »

    Arthur Moses

    Arthur Moses SC has been practising at the NSW Bar for over 25 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the state of NSW. He is the immediate past President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a Director of Law Council since July 2014. He practises in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, proceeds of crime litigation, military law, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial, equity and appeals in all jurisdictions. Arthur regularly appears before the Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia as well as appellate Courts in other states and territories.

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