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Marriage Equality in Australia - A Principled Approach

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University of Canberra, Bruce Campus

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Building 11, Level B, Room 44

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The Nexus Research Centre is excited to announce that we will be hosting a guest speaker for our September Final Thursday Seminar.

Dr Bede Harris from Charles Sturt University will be presenting Marriage Equality in Australia - A Principled Approach. Joining Dr Harris is Mr Bruce Arnold and the seminar will be chaired by Dr Raechel Johns.

Presentation Abstract:

Australia is currently confronting the issue of whether to legalise same-sex marriage. Thus far debate has been conducted with little reference to human rights theory. Dr Harris' presentation draws on the theories of John Rawls and John Stuart Mill to establish a framework within which same-sex marriage should beg viewed, and then analyses whether, by confining the right to marry to heterosexual couples, the law infringes rights to privacy and to equality and, conversely, whether the legalisation of same-sex marriage would infringe religious rights of those who are unwilling to provide goods and services to same-sex couples.

About Dr Bede Harris:

Bede Harris is a native of Zimbabwe. He has a BA(Mod) from Trinity College, University of Dublin, and LLB (cum laude) from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and a DPhil from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has previously taught at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg; the University of Waikato; James Cook University and the University of Canberra.

Bede's primary areas of teaching are Business Law and Corporations Law. His areas of research are Constitutional Law (particularly constitutional reform), Indigenous legal issues, Corporations Law and Consumer Law.

In 2001 Bede was awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship and attended the American Studies Institute held at the Meyner Centre for the Study of Government at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where teachers of Constitutional Law from a variety of jurisdictions studied IUS constitutional law, before travelling in the south-west of the United States to study Native American self-government.

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