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The University of Sydney Law School, New Law Building F10A, Lecture Theatre 101, Level 1,

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Sydney Law School Social Justice Series:

Using the law as a tool for social and climate justice


About the talk

The law is most often associated with maintaining the status quo. But it can also be a tool for positive social change. In this lecture, Jen Robinson will give a global and comparative perspective on strategic human rights litigation, using case studies from her own practice and what she has observed of successful cases and campaigns around the world to provoke a discussion and debate about what more could be possible – both abroad and at home in Australia.


About the speaker

Jen has a particular focus on free speech and civil liberties, advising media organisations, journalists and activists. Her recent cases include defending Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, acting for the BBC World Service in UN engagement over the persecution of BBC journalists by Iran, acting for Vanuatu in the Chagos Islands case before the ICJ, successfully challenging a sweeping anti-protest injunction obtained by a major multinational corporation and having the UK government’s fracking policy declared unlawful on the grounds the government failed to consider scientific developments in climate change.

She is passionate about using the law as a tool for social justice and to build power in movements for positive change – and to inspire more young lawyers into this work. To that end, Jen created a global human rights program – the Bertha Justice Initiative – which has invested millions in strategic litigation and education for the next generation of movement lawyers in 17 different countries. She is a founding board member of the Grata Fund, Australia’s first independent, crowd-sourced public interest litigation fund and sits on the boards of the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar.

She has also taught law at the University of Sydney.

Jen Robinson will also speak at the Children, Migration and the Right to Health conference, which is being held at Sydney Law School on Thursday 25 July - Friday 26 July.

Social Justice Series

This is a free public seminar series from Sydney Law School that focuses on social justice and the law. The next talk on Law and social movements will be delivered by Professor Scott Cummings (UCLA Law) on 14 August.

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Eastern Avenue

Camperdown, NSW 2006

Australia

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