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2018.06.06 - ILGG Public Lecture - Necessary Evil: How to fix finance by sa...

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The International Law and Global Governance Research Program and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) are proud to host a public lecture featuring Professor David Kinley. In conversation with Benedict Coyne, Professor Kinley will present his ground-breaking work on the impact of the financial system on human rights. Drawing on his latest book, Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights (OUP 2018), Professor Kinley will explore ways in which governments and the financial sector can cooperate to promote human rights and rebuild the trust and credibility that has been lost over recent decades.

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Capitalism has been a key force behind human progress for centuries. But as the power of the finance sector has grown, public interests have been sidelined and human rights concerns have been ignored. Wealth is not the problem; its allocation is. We forget (or do not care to remember) that the financial system is a means, not a goal. Its object is not just to bake the biggest wealth pie possible, regardless of ingredients and recipe, texture and taste. It must also be to slice and serve it in ways that increase the sum of human welfare and happiness; in short, in ways that protect, promote, and fulfil the human rights of everyone. The proof of the pie is in its eating: who gets to eat, when, and how much. Finance can enable the good life - a life in which one’s individual security, dignity, and worth are recognised and respected. Its service to the needs of the wider community is what provides finance with validity, as it is these basic “good life” rights that constitute fundamental precepts upon which our societies are built. The continuing failure to recognise the impact that finance has upon them is crippling our efforts to better understand finance and to make it work for all of us, not just a privileged few.

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Professor David Kinley

David holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Sydney and is an expert member of Doughty Street Chambers in London. He is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar at American University in Washington DC, a former Herbert Smith Visitor at Cambridge University, and a former Visiting Fellow at Edinburgh University and Queen’s University Belfast. He was the Founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, and a founding member of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

He specialises in the area of the global economy and human rights and has worked for more than 25 years with governments, international organisations, law firms, corporations and NGOs in the field. He is a co-author of The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (winner of an American Society of International Law Best Book Award) and author of Civilizing Globalization. He also has a TEDx Talk: How Much Do Banks Owe Us? which covers many of the themes explored in Necessary Evil.


Benedict Coyne

Benedict Coyne is the former President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and Chair of ALHR's National Human Rights Act Subcommittee. He is a Senior Associate with Anderson Fredericks Turner, where he runs a wide, varied and innovative human rights litigation and advocacy practice. He is passionate about social justice, human rights and environmental protection, and was active in the campaign to secure a Human Rights Act for Queensland. Benedict obtained a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, where he graduated with Distinction, and was awarded the University Medal at Southern Cross University following his undergraduate law studies.

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