The Rule of Law in a Post-Truth Era
Free Public Lecture
David P Derham theatre
185 Pelham Street
T: 9035 1111
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2017 Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture Presented by Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs
As the internet and social media provide unprecedented access to information and commentary, a curious and probably unforeseen consequence has been that responses to contemporary problems are increasingly emotional and ideological. Research reports, scientific evidence and balanced reports are often ignored in favour of subjective, entrenched views. If facts don’t matter, how can public policy and laws be developed to address today's challenges? This public lecture will consider the implications of a “post- truth” era on the rule of law in the context of marriage equality, indigenous policy and vulnerable children.
About the Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture Series
The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture honours the Fourth Dean of the Melbourne Law School, Kenneth Hamilton Bailey, who played a significant part in Australia's contribution to the formation of the United Nations. Kenneth Hamilton Bailey was born in Melbourne in 1898, was awarded the Rhodes scholarship for Victoria in 1919 and graduated Oxford with a degree in Law and Arts. Bailey returned to The University of Melbourne in 1924, where he became a Professor of Jurisprudence, and later, a Professor of Public Law. When he succeeded Harrison Moore in 1928, Sir Kenneth Bailey became Melbourne’s first Australian-born Dean of Law. The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture was inaugurated at the Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference on 19 February 1999 at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs, University of Melbourne
Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs
University of Melbourne
Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 20122017. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007–2012 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005–2007. Professor Triggs is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law. Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on including law including human rights law. She is focused on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and on working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.