The Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office is pleased to invite you to an interactive Q and A session with Justice Kevin Bell, Supreme Court of Victoria, facilitated by Jessica Cleaver and Catherine Roberts, VGSO.
Following the recent Supreme Court of Victoria decisions in two significant human rights cases, first of Garde J in Certain Children and then of Dixon J in Certain Children (No. 2), you may be wondering what the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities now requires of public authorities in order to act compatibly with, and give proper consideration to, human rights. This session is an opportunity to hear Justice Bell discuss the obligations of public authorities, and to put questions to his Honour about how to comply with those obligations in your everyday work.
Justice Bell will draw on his extensive experience in human rights matters to explain public authority obligations under the Charter and provide a judicial perspective on what is required to meet those obligations.
Please come armed with your most interesting questions! You will be able to use smart technology to ask questions of his Honour or take the traditional approach and raise your hand. In the interests of ensuring an open and frank discussion, we will not be recording the session.
Places for this session are strictly limited, so please register today to secure your place. 

Guest speaker

The Honourable Kevin Bell AM (Supreme Court of Victoria)
Justice Kevin Bell AM was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 after twenty years of practice as a barrister, 8 as Queens Counsel.  
His Honour has promoted equal access to justice and human rights throughout his career as a lawyer, beginning with pioneering work in establishing community legal centres in the late 1970s and 1980s.  As a barrister, he acted for Indigenous peoples in a number of leading native title cases.  As a judge, he has written several leading judgments on human rights, especially the human rights of persons with mental disability.  
Early in 2017, his Honour was recognized as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law and the judiciary, native title and human rights and the community.  In mid-2017, he graduated as Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

Q and A facilitators

Jessica Cleaver, Managing Principal Solicitor, VGSO
Catherine Roberts, Managing Principal Solicitor, VGSO
Jessica and Catherine co-manage the Human Rights team in the Government and Public Law Branch at VGSO.  The Human Rights team provides advice to Government departments and agencies on issues arising under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, represents the Attorney-General when he elects to intervene in litigation matters in which human rights issues have been raised, and drafts complex Statements of Compatibility for new legislation.  Jessica and Catherine also advise on a range of other matters including questions of statutory interpretation, administrative decision-making, and privacy and equal opportunity laws.
Monday 12:30PM 13 Nov 17 2017
12:30pm to 2:00pm
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PDF icon Human Rights Seminar, 13Nov17.pdf