The Hon. Michael Kirby is Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
On Tues 19 August at 6pm he gave a lecture at ANU College of Law on the human rights situation in North Korea which was live streamed from the event page and is still available there now.
The United Nations Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry in 2013 to investigate the alleged systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in North Korea.
The Commission’s report was made public in February 2014 and detailed many alleged crimes against humanity arising from ‘policies established at the highest level of State’ and called for urgent action from the international community.
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG was a Justice of the High Court of Australia for thirteen years from 1996 to 2009. He was previously also a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales of Court of Appeal and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands.
In 2010, he was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize. He has served and continues to serve as a member of many national and international bodies including as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group and as editor-in-chief of The Laws of Australia.