The opening of The National Picture – The Art of Tasmania’s Black War, marks an important stage in the development of the ANU Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, and is the fruit of a major collaboration between Director Tim Bonyhady and the National Gallery of Australia.
- Professor Tim Bonyhady, ANU College of Law
In 2015 Andrew Sayers painted Tim Bonyhady’s portrait, showing him on a Viennese chair, and gave the painting to him. For all their immersion in Australian art history, neither Andrew nor Tim realized there was a remarkable precursor to Tim’s portrait, painted in Melbourne more than 125 years before.
The conference theme is drawn from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, an iconic play that speaks to our times. They may not be ‘the best and worst of times’ but, we all live with great uncertainty, and in parts of the world, seemingly immutable enmities.
- Vincent Bernard, editor in chief of the International Review of the Red Cross and head, ICRC Law and Policy Forum
- Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Chancellor, University of Western Australia
- Professor Campbell McLachlan QC, Victoria University of Wellington
- Professor Anne Orford, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor; Michael D Kirby Professor of International Law; and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, University of Melbourne
- Professor Yun Zhao, Head of Department of Law, University of Hong Kong
The international setting is transforming rapidly, with significant changes in the national political scene of many countries creating new challenges and opportunities for international law.
- Dr Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues
It is sometimes forgotten that one of the premises of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.
- Paul Schiff Berman, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
In this era of populist revolt around the world, we need a full-throated defense of cosmopolitan pluralism: a scheme of governance that recognizes the importance of inter-locking networks of communication and cooperation, but also respect for local variation.
Completing an award at ANU is a significant academic achievement and is rightly celebrated at the University's prestigious Conferring of Awards ceremonies. Conferring of Awards ceremonies are happy, inspiring events that have both formal and symbolic significance.
- Thomas Albrecht, Regional Representative, UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra
Australia was a founding signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention which remains the cornerstone of international protection for displaced persons. Almost 70 years later, while the Convention has proved adaptable to modern conflicts and challenges, there remains an imperative for Australia to also uphold these principles and standards domestically.
This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance.
Are you thinking about studying at university? Are you a parent, family member, or friend who is keen to help a loved one choose the right degree and uni for them? Come to ANU Open Day this August to see what ANU has to offer.