Book Launch "Foundations of Indirect Discrimination Law" edited by Hugh Collins and Tarun Khaitan, launched by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG
Room 920, Level 9
185 Pelham Street
T: 8344 6847
This seminar will commence at 5.45pm with a panel discussion by Professor Karen Farquharson, Professor Cordelia Fine, Professor Beth Gaze, Dr Dale Smith and Associate Professor Tarun Khaitan. The panel will be chaired by Associate Professor Anna Chapman.
It will be followed at 7pm by a launch by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG of the new book edited by Professor Hugh Collins and Associate Professor Tarun Khaitan, "Foundations of Indirect Discrimination Law". Those unable to attend the panel discussion are also welcome to join the book launch.
Indirect discrimination (or disparate impact) concerns the application of the same rule to everyone, even though that rule significantly disadvantages one particular group in society. Ever since its recognition by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1971, liberal democracies around the world have grappled with the puzzle that it can sometimes be unfair and wrong to treat everyone equally. The law's regulation of private acts that unintentionally (but disproportionately) harm vulnerable groups has remained extremely controversial, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. In original essays in this volume, leading scholars of discrimination law from North America and Europe explore the various facets of the law on indirect discrimination, interrogating its foundations, history, legitimacy, purpose, structure, and relationship with other legal concepts. The collection provides the first international work devoted to this vital area of the law that seeks both to prevent unfair treatment and to transform societies.
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This Book Launch is co-hosted by the Asian Law Centre, the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at Melbourne Law School.
The Honourable Michael Kirby
Michael Kirby is an international jurist, educator and former judge. He served as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (197583); Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (197584); Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (19834); President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (198496); President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (199596) and Justice of the High Court of Australia (19962009). In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby has served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (198493). He also served on many national and international bodies. Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (198892); as President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (19958); as UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia (19936); as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (19952005); as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007 9) and as a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights(2004). Following his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 20092010. He served as a Board Member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (200914). He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates at home and abroad. He also serves as EditorinChief of The Laws of Australia (2009 ). He served 201112 as a member of the Eminent Persons Group on the future of the Commonwealth of Nations. He was a Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law 20112012. He was appointed to the Advisory Council of Transparency International, based in Berlin in 2012. In 2013 2014, he was appointed Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. He a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Lancet Commission on AIDS to the Right to Health (20132014); the Global Fund’s Equitable Access Panel (201516); the UN SecretaryGeneral’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Medicines (201516); and UNAIDS/OHCHR’s panel on overreach of criminal law (2017); and CoChair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (2018 ). He was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize in 2010 and has been Patron of the Kirby Institute on Blood Borne Diseases in UNSW Sydney, Australia since 2011. In May 2017, he was invested by Japan with the insignia of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in Tokyo, with an audience with the Emperor of Japan.
Associate Professor Tarun Khaitan, Associate Director (India), Asian Law Centre
Associate Professor Tarun Khaitan
Associate Director (India), Asian Law Centre
Melbourne Law School
Tarun Khaitan a Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, working on a project on the resilience of democratic constitutions, with a focus on South Asia. He is also an Associate Professor and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College, currently on special leave for four years starting 1 September 2017. He completed his undergraduate studies (BA LLB Hons) at the National Law School (Bangalore) in 2004 as the 'Best All Round Graduating Student'. He then came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his postgraduate studies (BCL with distinction, MPhil with distinction, DPhil) at Exeter College. Before joining Wadham, he was the Penningtons Student (Fellow) in Law at Christ Church. His monograph entitled A Theory of Discrimination Law (OUP 2015 hbk, South Asia edition and Oxford Scholarship Online, 2016 pbk) has been reviewed very positively in leading journals, including in Law and Philosophy, where Sophia Moreau said "In this magnificent and wideranging book ... Khaitan attempts what very few others have tried." In his review in the Modern Law Review, Kasper LippertRasmussen claimed that "Khaitan's account is sophisticated, extensive and among the best normative accounts of discrimination law available." Colm O'Cinneide's review in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies says that "Khaitan’s quest shows up the inadequacies of previous attempts to track down this Holy Grail, and the path he has laid down will encourage others to follow in his footsteps." He helped draft the AntiDisrimination and Equality Bill currently pending before the Indian Parliament. For more details of Tarun Khaitan, visit https://law.unimelb.edu.au/about/staff/tarunabhkhaitan