2017 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture: The Long Road Home: How marriage equality will unlock a better future for Australia
presented by Rodney Croome AM.
Rodney Croome is a long-time advocate for the equal rights of LGBTI people. In particular he led the campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania and has been at the forefront of the marriage equality debate.
He has been honoured for his work by being named as a Member of the Order of Australia and Tasmanian Australian of the Year in 2015.
About the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund
Tasmanian lawyer Alexander (Sandy) Duncanson died in June 2010 at the age of 37, after surviving cancer for 16 years. Sandy's family and friends have worked with the University's Faculty of Law to establish a fund in his name through the University of Tasmania Foundation.
The aim of the bursary is to provide a University of Tasmania student assistance to advance a social justice initiative, encouraging more of our graduates to pursue their careers with integrity.
Title: 2016 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture: Leave a Legacy.
Details: The 2016 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture presented by David Morrison AO, Australian of the Year 2016. When former Lieutenant-General David Morrison ordered misbehaving troops to ‘get out’ if they couldn’t accept women as equals, his video went viral and he started a cultural shift that has changed Australia’s armed forces forever.
‘I only kicked a stone down the road. It was the actions of others that caused the avalanche.’
These are the modest words of David Morrison AO, as told to the audience of the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture by Jane Hutchinson, the 2016 Tasmanian Australian of the Year. During his time as the Chief of Army, David took on a battle for cultural change that led to unprecedented movement towards gender equality in the armed forces. His life as a leader and as an individual was changed in 2013 when three courageous women came forward to speak with him about their treatment by other officers. His feelings of personal responsibility as custodian of the organisation empowered him to work towards making a change in the Army culture. Now retired, he is Chair of the Diversity Council Australia and is a passionate advocate for social justice, joining a select group of speakers (including the likes of Her Excellency Kate Warner, Dr Gillian Triggs and the Honourable Michael Kirby) who have delivered lectures in memory of Alexander ‘Sandy’ Duncanson, who died in 2010.
Title: 2015 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture: Family and Gender Violence and the Limits of Law Reform.
Details: Family and Gender Violence and the Limits of Law Reform presented by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania. Previously a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, was sworn to Office at Government House on Wednesday 10 December 2014 as Tasmania's 28th Governor.
Title: 2012 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture: A Common Purpose – Inching the Law Towards Justice.
Details: The 2012 lecture was delivered by jurist and reformer Associate Professor Andrea Durbach, on the topic 'A Common Purpose – Inching the Law Towards Justice.' Durbach's lecture was followed by a screening of her award-winning filmA Common Purpose, and the event included a presentation by the first bursary recipient, Laura Sykes.
Title: Dr Johnathan Pickering: Deliberating in the Anthropocene: signs and sources of reflexive governance
Details: Many commentators believe that the Earth has entered a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene — marked by humanity's pervasive impact on global ecosystems. Resulting patterns of environmental degradation pose major challenges for the planet's inhabitants as well as for political institutions worldwide. John Dryzek (2014) has recently argued that in the Anthropocene institutions need to cultivate "ecosystemic reflexivity", which involves "listening more effectively to an active Earth system, capacity to reconsider core values such as justice in this light, and ability to seek, receive and respond to early warnings about potential ecological state shifts". But what would ecosystemic reflexivity look like in practice and how could it could be cultivated?
Dr Jonathan Pickering, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra.
Title: Dr Matthais Hartwig: The challenges of drafting constitutions in times of transition
Details: The Challenges of drafting constitutions in times of transition: experiences in South Sudan, Libya and Nepal
Founding a new State (or regime change) requires the elaboration of a new constitution. Steps include: composition of the drafting organ, participation of the people, with timing and manner of final adoption crucial. The speaker draws on his recent experience as a legal adviser in drafting constitutions for South Sudan, Nepal and Libya to illustrate how these problems have been addressed.
Matthias Hartwig is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany and will be a visiting Research Fellow at University.