Human rights symposium

Date & time

12–2pm Thursday 22 August 2019


Moot Court Teaching Rooms

Building 6A
ANU College of Law
5 Fellows Rd


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Moderated by Professor Alison Renteln of the University of Southern California, this event will focus on the human rights protection of identity including citizenship rights, cultural identity, and indigenous issues and will consider whether (and how) the Uluru Statement from the Heart has influenced Australian institutions.


  • Professor Alison Dundes Renteln »

    Alison Dundes Renteln is a Professor of Political Science with joint appointments in Anthropology, Law, and Public Policy. She teaches Law and Public Policy with an emphasis on comparative and international law. Her expertise includes American Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. A graduate of Harvard (History and Literature: Modern Europe), she has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law. She served as Director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politic and also Vice-Chair and Chair of Political Science. In 2005 she received the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching (campus-wide) and two Mellon Excellence in Mentoring Awards for graduate and undergraduate students (2005, 2011).

    Her publications include The Cultural Defense (Oxford, 2004), Folk Law (University of Wisconsin, 1995), Multicultural Jurisprudence (Hart, 2009), Cultural Law (Cambridge, 2010), Global Bioethics and Human Rights (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Images and Human Rights (Cambridge Scholars 2018), Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and Its Paradoxes (Routledge, 2018), and numerous articles.

    For decades she has taught judges, lawyers, court interpreters, jury consultants, and police officers at meetings of the American Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, North American South Asian Bar Association, and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Renteln has collaborated with the UN on the drafting and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, lectured on comparative legal ethics in Bangkok and Manila at ABA-sponsored conferences, and served on civil rights commissions and a California committee of Human Rights Watch. In Fall 2013 she was a Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences where she conducted research on incentives for civic engagement including the legal duty to rescue. In Spring 2014 she was a Human Rights Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. She gathered data on the use of images in human rights and humanitarian campaigns. Her current research project on sensational jurisprudence is at the intersection of sociolegal studies and sensory studies. In 2019 she is a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Law at Australian National University.

    Renteln is a member of the American Political Science Association, American Society of International Law, International Law Association (American Branch), the ILA International Committee on Global Governance of Cultural Heritage, Law and Society Association, Human Rights Advocates, Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Commission on Legal Pluralism. She also serves on an Advisory Committee of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

  • Professor Kim Rubenstein »

    Professor Rubenstein’s expertise in citizenship law, through her book, scholarly articles and book chapters is of significance to other academic scholarship, teaching, as well as public policy. Kim was appointed a consultant to the Commonwealth in its redrafting of Australian citizenship legislation, resulting in the 2007 Act and later was a member of the Independent Expert Committee set up to review the Australian Citizenship Test that reported in 2008. In 2012 she was appointed an ANU Public Policy Fellow and was named in the first batch of Westpac '100 Women of Influence' Australian Financial Review awards for her work in public policy. In October 2013 she was awarded the inaugural Edna Ryan award for 'leading feminist changes in the public sphere'.

    Her research involves engaging with concepts of active citizenship.

    She has just completed two ARC Research Council grants.

    Her oral history Linkage Project on Trailblazing Women and the Law, with the National Library of Australia, the National Foundation for Australian Women, the Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia and the Australian Women Lawyers examined how the status of being a lawyer frames women’s capacity to be active citizens. The online exhibition Australian Women Lawyers as Active citizens can be viewed at:

    Her ARC Discovery Project on The Court as Archive examined the place of Superior Courts of Record within the context of public law and citizenship: Can current conceptualisations of the role of Chapter III courts be extended to deepen an understanding of their function as guardians and producers of the civic experience and expectations of the Australian litigants who come before them? See the book from the project at

    Professor Rubenstein was the Inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute in 2011-2012 and for the first semester of 2016 she was Acting Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

    Professor Rubenstein is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

  • Professor Veronica Taylor »

    Veronica L. Taylor is an international lawyer and socio-legal scholar. Her current work centres on the regulatory dimensions of international law and justice norm-making, particularly rule of law assistance and its intermediation as foreign policy, commercial activity and a professional practice. She has contributed extensively to study of Asian legal systems, particularly Japan and Indonesia, where her earlier work includes empirical and comparative studies of contracts, competition and corporate governance. Her current work focuses on legal pluralism in the Philippines and the regulatory dimensions of rebuilding the legal system in Myanmar. She has also written and consulted extensively on legal education reform and the regulation of the legal profession in Asia. Her work draws on 30 years’ professional experience as a designer and implementer of legal reform for international and bilateral aid programmes in 15 countries.

    At the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at ANU Veronica is Professor of Law and Regulation, where she convenes the Law, Human Rights and Justice cluster and is Director-designate of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ).

    Veronica has supervised more than 40 PhD, Masters and Honours-level research projects. She currently teaches REGN8011 Reforming Law and Justice in Asia and the Pacific; REGN 8001 Methods in Crime, Justice and Regulation; REGN 9076 Methods in Regulation and Governance; and LAWS4266 International Arbitration and Negotiation Moot Competition in Japan.

    At ANU Veronica directs the ANU Japan Institute is an ANU Public Policy Fellow. Her external engagement includes co-convening the Australian Law and Justice Development Community of Practice. She is a member of the Executive of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee; a Director of the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies; and a member of the Oceania Advisory Committee for Meridian 180.

    Veronica Taylor joined ANU in 2010 as Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) (2010-2014) (now the School of Regulation and Global Governance) and served as Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (2014-2016). Prior to joining the ANU, she was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle.

  • Associate Professor Wayne Morgan »

    Wayne Morgan undertakes interdisciplinary research focused on social justice and law reform, primarily in the areas of human sexuality, gender identity and legal regulation. Wayne is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the field of queer legal theory.

    His research and publications cover areas such as the legal regulation of sexual behaviour through the criminal law and other mechanisms, the legal regulation of pornography and sex work, recognition of the rights of the LGBTIQ* community in the areas of anti-discrimination law, relationship recognition, family law and international human rights law.

    Wayne actively pursues his research through practical law reform activities. Wayne’s research has contributed to a number of test cases before tribunals and courts at the national and international level, including cases before the Australian High Court and the UN Human Rights Committee. This research has influenced the outcome in cases involving decriminalisation of sodomy, HIV regulation and discrimination and sex work.

    His research has also contributed to ground-breaking legislative reform, such as the Tasmanian Relationships Act (2003), and reforms to Commonwealth family law in 2008. Most recently, Wayne has contributed as a commentator to the Australian Feminist Judgments Project (2013-2014).

  • Dr Jonathan Liljeblad »

    Jonathan Liljeblad received a PhD and JD from the University of Southern California (USC), an MS from the University of Washington (UW), and a BS from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His research largely focuses on rule-of-law, with case studies from human rights and environmental issues. His fieldwork is mostly in Myanmar. Generally, his research falls within the fields of international law, rule-of-law, human rights, environmental law, law & development, and law & society. Due to the empirical nature of his research, his work connects academia, government, and civil society; seeks interdisciplinary, transboundary, and cross-cultural collaborations; and endeavors to nurture direct impact upon policy-makers and societal leaders. He was born in Myanmar, but grew up in Sweden and the United States. He received an Endeavour Research Grant (2018) and was a Fulbright Scholar (2014-2015). He currently is working on projects supported by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Professor Richard Chisholm AM »

    Richard Chisholm grew up in Sydney and did his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney (BA, LLB, 1968) and his post graduate degree at Oxford (BCL, 1970), after which he was an academic at the University of New South Wales Law School, specialising in family law.  In the 1970s he was a founding member of the Aboriginal Legal Service, and the founding President of the children’s rights group Action for Children. 

    He was appointed as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia in 1993. On his retirement in 2004, he resumed academic work, and was appointed Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, and, after his move to Canberra in 2006, Adjunct Professor at the ANU College of Law. He was awarded the AM in 2009 for ‘service to the judiciary, to the law and to legal education, particularly in the field of family law and the welfare and rights of children and young people’.

    He has worked with a variety of organisations, including the Family Law Council, the Australian Law Reform Commission, the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, and the NSW Child Protection Council. Since leaving the bench he has continued to research and publish on family law. His recent work includes collaborative projects with the Attorney-General’s Department, Professor Patrick Parkinson, Professor Bruce Smyth, Dr Jenn McIntosh and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (he was appointed a member of its Advisory Council in 2012). His report, the Family Courts Violence Review, was released by the Commonwealth Attorney-General in 2010. As well as family law, he is currently interested in what lawyers and legal scholars might learn from current understandings about cognition and heuristics, as illustrated by such publications as Daniel Kahneman’s 'Thinking, Fast and Slow' (2011).

  • Dr Virginia Marshall »

    Virginia is the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow with the Australian National University's School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society. She is a practising lawyer and duty solicitor, a former associate & researcher with the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney and professional member of the NSW Law Society and Women Lawyers Association of NSW. Former Senior Legal Officer of the Australian Law Reform Commission and inquiry into 'Family Violence & Commonwealth Laws: Improving Legal Frameworks' (ALRC 117), Executive Officer of the NSW Government's 'Aboriginal Water Trust' and criminal defence lawyer with NSW Legal Aid.

    Virginia is the winner of the WEH Stanner Award for the best thesis by an Indigenous author, titled, 'A web of Aboriginal water rights: Examining the competing Aboriginal claim for water property rights and interests in Australia'. She is in demand as a Keynote Speaker on Indigenous water law and governance, Indigenous traditional knowledge systems and the intersectionality of western intellectual property regimes and the Indigenous commercialisation of native foods and medicines.

    A lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Magistrate for the NSW Law Society's 'Mock Trial Competition'.

    Virginia is Partner Investigator (PI) with an ARC Linkage Grant, ‘Garuwanga: Forming a Competent Authority to Protect Indigenous Knowledge’ ($244,000) to "govern and administer a legal framework in order to ensure consent of Indigenous communities is obtained for access to Aboriginal traditional knowledge and to establish a fair and equitable benefit-sharing mechanism for use of that knowledge”.

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