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A Common Purpose - Inching the Law Towards Justice

Sandy Duncanson

Jurist and reformerAndrea Durbach will present the 2012 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture, titled: A Common Purpose - Inching the Law Towards Justice next week.

Durbach is the Deputy Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW.

Born and educated in South Africa, Durbach practised as a political trial lawyer and human rights advocate, representing victims and opponents of apartheid laws.

In 1988 she was appointed solicitor to 25 black defendants in a notorious death penalty case in South Africa. She later published an account of her experiences in her book Upington, which was short-listed for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction Award.

The lecture will discuss those experiences and the documentary, A Common Purpose (2011), which is based on the book. The film was screened at the Sydney Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

The lecture will be followed by a screening of the documentary.

The Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture is an annual event presented by the UTAS Faculty of Law and the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society.

Who: Jurist and reformer Andrea Durbach

What: 2012 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture, A Common Purpose - Inching the Law Towards Justice

When: 6-8.30pm, Wednesday 5 September 2012

Where: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP/information: E: UTAS.Events@utas.edu.au ; P: 6226 2521

All are welcome to attend this free public lecture.

About Andrea Durbach:

After leaving South Africa in 1989, Durbach worked as a solicitor at Freehills in Sydney and in 1991, she joined the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) where she was Head of Legal Practice and founder and co-ordinator of its Public Interest Clearing House (PILCH), becoming Director of PIAC in 1997.

After 13 years at PIAC, Durbach took up a joint appointment as Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law and Director of UNSW's Australian Human Rights Centre. In mid-2011, she was appointed part-time Deputy Sex Discrimination Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights Commission for the period during which the Sex Discrimination Commissioner conducted the Defence Force Review.

Durbach has held numerous appointments, including part-time commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission and part-time judicial member of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (Legal Services Division). She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and is currently a member of the board of the NSW Legal Aid Commission, the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Advisory Council of Jurists of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions.

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 UTAS Faculty of Law and the Inglis Clark Centre to establish a fund in his name through the University of Tasmania Foundation.

The Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund currently totals around $111,000 - exceeding the initial goal of $60,000 - which enables us to grant bursaries totalling $3500 in 2013. Your contribution to the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund will allow more bursaries to be awarded.

Contributions can be made as once-off donations or recurring donations at intervals of your choice. All donations are tax deductible. Your donation can be anonymous or named. Donate now via the UTAS Foundation website (under 'Gift purpose' select Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Bursary option) or by telephoning 03 6226 1920.

Image: Sandy Duncanson.

Published on: 30 Aug 2012 10:27am