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.
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Professor Davis has indicated he will accept an invitation to serve for a further 2 years beyond 2015, to January 2017.
The Council offered the extension – which is subject to confirmation in 2014 - given that a number of key initiatives and programs are in train.
Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander praised Professor Davis, saying: “The University has retained, and built upon, its very strong position under his leadership”.
She said the University Council was keen for Professor Davis to continue past the conclusion of his current term.
“There are significant and exciting projects ahead that would benefit greatly from the leadership Professor Davis provides,” the Chancellor said.
Professor Davis thanked the Council for the invitation and said, “I much appreciate this vote of confidence from the Council, and look forward to working for many years yet with the Melbourne community.
“It remains an extraordinary honour to lead this great university.”
Professor Davis became Vice-Chancellor in January 2005, and was renewed in the role well before the conclusion of his first five-year term.
Previously Vice-Chancellor at Griffith University, and a senior public servant in Queensland, he continues to teach occasional political science classes in the Faculty of Arts at Melbourne.
While Vice-Chancellor, Professor Davis has overseen the design and implementation of the Melbourne curriculum, an innovative model that combines broad undergraduate study with demanding graduate professional and research degrees.
The first cohort of Melbourne curriculum students, enrolled in 2008, is completing masters courses. Many more hope to follow their lead – ATAR scores for entry to undergraduate study at Melbourne were among the highest on record in 2012, and lead the nation.
Since the introduction of the new curriculum, the University of Melbourne has become Australia’s largest educator of graduate students. It oversees the most extensive research program of any Australian institution, and is now ranked the nation’s leading university on most international measures.