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Thomas More Law School Lecture - The protection of Human Rights in Australia

The Third Annual Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv (ACU) memorial lecture.

Australia is the only Western democracy without some form of a bill of rights. Yet by international standards, Australia has a good human rights record. So how are human rights protected?

Now in its third year, and hosted by the Thomas More Law School, the Annual Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv(ACU) memorial lecture addresses a topic that is central to social justice and the practice of law as a means to promoting the Common Good.

This year our guest speaker is The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO President, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales, who will be speaking on the topic: "The Principle of Legality and the Protection of Human Rights in Australia".

You’re invited to join students, their families, academics and members of the Sydney Law community in the Peter Cosgrove Centre, Tenison Woods House North Sydney, for a talk on what is clearly a relevant and controversial topic for our times.

Registration is at 5.30pm with formalities at 6pm, and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

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The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO

The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley Her Honour attended the Sydney Law School graduating with Honours in Law in 1974 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 14 March 1975. She was appointed Queens Counsel in 1989. In 1993, she was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 1996 she was the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and in March 2013 was appointed President of the Court of Appeal. She is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre and President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards and to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In May 2008 she was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney and in 2012 was named as one of the inaugural Australian Financial Review/Westpac100 Women of Influence.