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.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis said the three appointees were outstanding individuals.
“They will each make an enormous contribution to the life of the university and its community in their respective fields, and I am delighted three such eminent women will be joining us,” Professor Davis said.
“Ali Moore’s track record as a journalist with the ABC, Nine Network and BBC speaks for itself and her insights - after time spent reporting from China and Singapore - will be fascinating for our students."
“Sally Smart is one of Australia’s significant contemporary artists, working internationally and held in collections world-wide, bringing her global perspective to the university.”
“Gillian Triggs has made a mark over a long career as a distinguished academic in international and human rights law, and most recently in her five years as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her presence will be a real asset to the Melbourne Law School,” he said.
The University of Melbourne’s Vice-Chancellor's Fellow program provides distinguished public intellectuals with access to a scholarly environment and the opportunity to work with the University on a project of value to the institution and the wider community.
Fellows are appointed in recognition of their achievements and ability to make a distinctive contribution to the life of the University. Appointment is usually for one year, although may be taken part-time over several years.
The three fellows are:
Ali Moore is a broadcast journalist and presenter with three decades of experience working for the ABC in Australia and China, and the BBC in Singapore. She has hosted a range of programs including Lateline and Lateline Business (ABC TV), Business Sunday (Nine Network), rolling news coverage for the BBC and the ABC, as well as talkback radio programs for ABC Radio Melbourne. She will be based within Asialink.
An alumna of the Victorian College of the Arts, Sally Smart is known for her large-scale cut-out assemblage installations. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and is represented in most major galleries and collections throughout Australia and in various and public and private collections internationally. Professor Smart was the 2012 Sackler Fellow Artist-in-Residence at the University of Connecticut and received an Australia Council Fellowship from 2012 until 2014. She was a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria from 2001 until 2008 and is currently a Board Member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. Her work currently features in the Italian design house, Marni’s latest art collaboration. She will be based at the Victorian College of the Arts.
A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Professor Gillian Triggs served as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 until July 2017. Prior to this, she held a number of significant positions including Dean of the Faculty of Law and the Challis Professor International Law at the University of Sydney, and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne. Professor Triggs will be based in the Melbourne Law School.