Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
Professor Davis has been a Vice-Chancellor since January 2002, first with Griffith University and then at Melbourne. During those years seven of his deputies have gone to serve as Vice-Chancellors in their own right.
In his farewell message to staff, Professor Davis noted that education is a project offering eternity – not for individuals of course, but as an unbroken transmission of ideas and mission, renewal and discovery across generations.
He thanked colleagues for their commitment – ‘ the academics and professional staff, the student leaders, union representatives and even the occasional protestors, because each one cares about what happens here.’
Professor Davis, the University’s 19th Vice-Chancellor, plans to return part-time teaching and research opportunities. He has been appointed as a Distinguished Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU), a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute at Kings College London, and at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Professor Davis has also been elected a Visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford.
He will remain connected to the University of Melbourne, continuing in an honorary capacity as a professor of political science in the University’s Faculty of Arts.
Professor Davis wished the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Duncan Maskell, well in the role from 1 October 2018.