The following is the full text from the 2009 Law Week Oration by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans QC AO, held at the Melbourne Law School on 22 September 2009, in conjunction with the Victoria Law Foundation. Video of the lecture can be accessed at http://live.unimelb.edu.au/episode/law-week-oration-2009.
Programs that seek to reduce the use of seclusion in acute psychiatry, improve the health of dogs in a remote Arnhem Land community, and tackle the isolation felt by some of Melbourne’s transnational student population are among University of Melbourne ‘knowledge transfer’ projects that have won excellence awards, announced today.
A leading Australian academic administrator, Professor John Dewar, has been appointed as the University of Melbourne’s new Provost, following an extensive external recruitment process. A priority responsibility of the Provost is overseeing the continued smooth implementation of the University’s major curriculum reform, the Melbourne Model.
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.