Human rights are under attack by the Trump administration both domestically through efforts to prevent the arrival of refugees, attacks on the press and the independence of the judiciary, and abroad, such as through the global gag rule on reproductive rights and his alliances with authoritarians. In a number of countries in Europe, authoritarian populists are on the rise promoting aggressively xenophobic and nationalistic policies.
Join Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Advocacy and Research, Emily Howie, and Human Rights Watch Deputy Executive Director, Iain Levine as they discuss the protection of human rights at a time of great hostility and even greater need. How do we address these assaults on international norms and human rights in the US, Europe and here in Australia? What role should be played by global institutions like the United Nations? How can democracy and the rule of law protect the rights of minorities – refugees, Muslims, LGBTI people and others? And what is the role of civil society and non-governmental organisations like Human Rights Watch in this changing world?
Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017
Venue: DLA Piper, Level 21, 140 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $25 full – $15 Concession
Tickets: No longer available
Deputy Executive Director, Program
Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch, oversees the organization's research and reporting work. He has particular expertise in humanitarian crises, protection of civilians in conflict, and children's rights. Levine's field experience includes more than 10 years in Sudan and Mozambique working on humanitarian programs with particular emphasis on protection of children and other civilians. He has also worked as Amnesty International's representative at the United Nations and UNICEF's chief of humanitarian policy and advocacy. Levine, a graduate of Hull University and the London School of Economics, speaks Portuguese.
Director of Advocacy and Research
Emily Howie has worked with the HRLC since 2009 protecting human rights in Australian foreign policy, defending democratic freedoms such as the right to vote as well as anti-racism and minority rights issues. She also works on accountability for Australia’s actions overseas such as border protection measures and military cooperation, including Australia’s involvement in the US drone program.
Emily has a masters in law from Columbia University in New York. In 2012 she was awarded Columbia’s Leebron Human Rights Fellowship to conduct research on asylum seekers in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the HRLC, Emily worked as a Senior Associate with Allens Arthur Robinson, a legal adviser to the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.