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JUST WAYS: Australian social advocacy stories

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  1. JUST WAYS: Australian social advocacy stories Peter Norden, A.O. Vice Chancellor’s Fellow Melbourne Law School University of Melbourne

  2. Human Rights Advocacy Stories • Edited by D.R. Hurwitz University of Virginia School of Law & M.L. Satterthwaite New York University School of Law Foundation Press, 2009

  3. Some cross-cutting issues: • The role of the lawyer and the law in human rights struggles • The dynamic interplay of formal and informal modes of protest • The relationship between domestic and international law • The role of the law and legal institutions in crafting solutions that provide truth & justice

  4. Some selected Australian case studies • Police use of ‘deadly force”, Victoria 1990’s • Threatened deportation of East Timorese from Australia, following independence of Timor L • An Australian on “death row” in Singapore • Ronald Ryan: buried in an unmarked grave

  5. Police Use of “deadly force” • Walsh Street shootings/Russell St bombing • Death of Gary Abdallah: May 1989 • 11th death from police shootings in 2 yrs. • Quotation from statement at funeral: … • Six police charged with his murder • Role of Community Legal Centres • Seven more deaths Jan – May 1994 • Project Beacon: police retraining

  6. Australian East Timorese community • 1975 invasion of territory by Indonesia • Late 1980’s: further civil conflict • 1999 Indonesia relinquished control • Christmas 2001 threatened deportation • Richmond solidarity action • Role of Legal Aid workers • Role of Peter McGauren, MLS graduate

  7. Australian on death row in Singapore • Mrs Kim Nguyen and sons Van & Khoa • Convicted of trafficking heroin • Defence: Lex Lasry and Julian McMahon • The Richmond vigil service and protest • Intervention of two Popes! • Capital punishment and moral teaching…

  8. Ryan: 40 years in an unmarked grave • George Melville: oyster shop in Collins Street • 1855 Act to Regulate Execution of Criminals • 3rd February 1967: last man hanged in Aust. • Buried in an unmarked grave: Pentridge • Public tours: 350,000 visitors • Licence for Exhumation, December 2007 • What about Ned Kelly?

  9. CONCLUDING REMARKS…. • Role of the legal profession in advocacy • Who is “the client”? • Who gives the mandate? • How to discover the passion? • Collaboration in defence of human rights • Implications for legal education • Formation for professional practice