The child’s right to know and family law orders
Knowledge of one’s family and genetic heritage is essential to any concept of identity, and to know one’s parents is a fundamental human right. This year’s lecturer, his Honour Chief Judge Pascoe AC CVO, will discuss the right of the child to know his or her parentage, how this right is threatened by advances in technology, and is limited by the slow pace of the law to adequately respond.
His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe AC CVO
His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe AC CVO is the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, a position he has held since July 2004.
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a federal trial Court of broad and diverse jurisdiction across all areas of Federal law including Family law, Migration, Human Rights, Bankruptcy, Copyright, Industrial, and Admiralty law. The Federal Circuit Court handles approximately 90 percent of all Family Law matters in Australia.
His Honour was awarded Australian highest honour, Companion of the Order of Australia in 2016 for eminent service to the law and to the judiciary, through support for improved access to the justice system for Indigenous peoples, the legal administration and higher education, and an advocate for the prevention of international trafficking of children.
Chief Judge Pascoe has a particular interest in the elimination of human trafficking in all forms but has developed considerable expertise in the area of preventing the trafficking of newly born children and international commercial surrogacy.
About the Louis Waller lecture series
The annual Louis Waller lecture commemorates the significant contribution Emeritus Professor Louis Waller has made to the field of assisted reproductive treatment.
If you're from the media and interested in attending, please contact Marjorie Solomon, VARTA's Public Relations Officer at email@example.com
When & Where
The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) provides independent information and support for individuals, couples, and health professionals on fertility, infertility, assisted reproductive treatment (ART) and the best interests of children born. VARTA is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. For information visit www.varta.org.au