30 Oct 2019



Lecture, drinks, and prize announcement. 


The Australian Human Rights Institute presents a special lecture by leading feminist human rights lawyer, Hilary Charlesworth in the Big Anxiety Empathy Clinic. Hillary will discuss how visual images reflect and challenge the colonial and patriarchal histories of international law.

The event also includes a drinks reception and presentation of the Andrea Durbach Award for Human Rights Scholarship. Named in honour of Professor Durbach, in recognition of her significant service to human rights, the prize is awarded annually to an author/s whose work reflects the values that have long resonated in Andrea’s career and scholarship. These include the courage to push the boundaries of human rights debates; the creativity to examine issues that cut across different academic disciplines and a desire to press for human rights accountability to ensure that the voices that are not always heard can be magnified.

Artist Biography

Hilary Charlesworth AM

Hilary Charlesworth AM is a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. She is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International. She served as Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice in the Whaling in the Antarctic case. She has held an ARC Federation Fellowship and an ARC Laureate Fellowship. Her areas of research include the structure of the international legal system; peacebuilding; international human rights and humanitarian law; and international legal theory, particularly feminist approaches to international law.