The Role of the Ombudsman: A New Age of Human Rights?

This Melbourne Law School lecture with Ms Deborah Glass, Victorian Ombudsman, and The Hon. Marilyn Warren, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, discusses human rights in the Victorian government and courts.


Event details

In this seminar, the Victorian Ombudsman, Ms Deborah Glass, discussed the mandate and powers of the Ombudsman to ‘promote fairness, integrity and respect for human rights’ by government in Victoria. The Ombudsman gave examples of her accountability work, with a particular focus on her recent report on the Victorian Government’s ‘lockdown’ of the public housing towers as a response to COVID-19 in 2020. The Honourable Marilyn Warren, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria (2003-2017), acted as discussant and compared the way in which human rights are protected and promoted in Victoria by the Ombudsman and the courts.

This event was held as part of the Victorian Law Week program, on 18 May 2021.