[csaa-forum] Relevant and Timely Conference

Baden Offord baden.offord at scu.edu.au
Thu Jun 12 07:51:11 CST 2008

(see below for details)

Activating Human Rights and Peace

An International Conference
1-4 July 2008
Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre,
Byron Bay NSW, Australia

On the previous Activating Human Rights Conference in 2003:
Professor Monica McWilliams, University of Ulster, and Chief 
Commissioner for Human Rights in Northern Ireland says: this 
conference was the best example I have seen anywhere in the world of 
a conference involving academics, media producers, community and 
political representatives and local activists.

Confirmed Keynotes and speakers 2008:

Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia
"Making the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a Reality - Sixty Years On".

Margaret Ward, Xinxing Aid for Street Kids, Shaanxi Province, China
"Street Children of China"

Jean Paul Mugiraneza
"Transitional Justice and Managing Political Space in Post-Genocide Rwanda"

Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Australian Human Rights Commissioner (2000-05) 
Director, Equity and Diversity, University of Western Sydney
"Human Rights and the Beijing Olympics"

Professor Michael Davis, Chinese University of Hong Kong
"Crisis in Tibet: Searching for a Workable Solution"

Professor Colleen Cartwright, Southern Cross University
"Human Rights at the End of Life: a Cross-National Comparison"

Associate Professor Christopher Newell, University of Tasmania
"Human Rights: Our Personal, Political and Professional Quest"

Dr Aruna Gopinath Head, Dept of Politics & International Relations, 
HELP University College, Malaysia
"Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Rhetoric and Reality"

Professor Judy Atkinson, Gnibi the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples.
"Educaring as a response to layered colonial trauma: Australia and East Timor"

Dr Dede Oetomo, Airlangga University and Founder, Gaya Nusantara, Indonesia
"Activating LGBTI Rights in Indonesia: Reconstructing Our 
Understanding of Human Rights and Peace".

Ilana Meallem and Mutassim Abu El Hawa, The Arava Institute for 
Environmental Studies, Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
"Shared Concerns in a Region of Conflict - Environmental Cooperation 
as a Tool for Building Peace "

Professor Raj Kumar, City University of Hong Kong
"Natural Disasters and their Challenges for Human Rights, Democracy and Good

Professor Adrien Wing, University of Iowa Law School, USA
"Global Critical Race Feminism: Race, Gender, and human rights in the 
US elections"

Professor Kevin Clements,  Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict 
Studies, University of Queensland
"New Wars-Old Wars: Demand creative 21st century solutions"

Tjanara Goreng Goreng
"Breaking the Cycle of Generational Abuse and Dysfunction: Aboriginal 
Children and their Right to Grow up in Healthy Functional Families"

Professor Bee Chen Goh, School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University.
"An International Peace Charter"

A highlight of this year's conference will also be a focus on human 
rights, peace and the environment, and human rights and education. 
Over 130 paper and workshop presentations.

There will be a special Book Launch by Professor Gerard Goggin of 
Activating Human Rights and Education: Innovation, Exploration and 
Transformation by Christopher Newell and Baden Offord (eds), a Human 
Rights Concert and Human Rights Film Festival and a Special Women's 
Forum on "Perspectives on Peace".

Waged or Unwaged / Student Rates

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