At a time when both major Australian political parties have rejected calls for same-sex marriages, a retired South African judge will present a free public lecture at Murdoch University – Equality for all and same-sex marriages: A lesson from South Africa?
Dr Albie Sachs, who has dedicated his career to the defence of human rights and highlighted the persecution of gays and lesbians, will present this year’s Michael D Kirby Annual Human Rights Lecture on September 22.
Dr Sachs authored a judgement in 2005 which led to the Constitutional Court of South Africa unanimously deciding that on the basis of equality without discrimination, there was a right to same-sex marriages.
South Africa has now become the fifth country to allow same-sex marriages after Belgium, Canada, Spain and the Netherlands.
On the same day as the lecture, Dr Sachs will launch his most recent book, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, which recently won the Alan Paton Award. The launch will take place at 6.30pm in the foyer of the Law Building at Murdoch University.
Michael D Kirby Annual Human Rights Lecture:
Wednesday September 22, 2010
ECL 4 Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University
South Street, Murdoch
RSVP to C.Michan-Ranieri@murdoch.edu.au
Background on the Michael D Kirby Annual Human Rights Forum
The Michael D Kirby Annual Human Rights Forum seeks to promote a greater awareness of the continuing evolution and current state of human rights in Australia and globally by addressing some of their most controversial and misunderstood aspects.
Each year a prominent international figure is invited to present thought-provoking perspectives on human rights, followed by a question and answer session with Murdoch University staff, students and others.