Panel Discussion: BLM, An Australian Perspective

NSWCCL is presenting a session as part of the International Rule Of Law Webathon. Three of the world’s major international lawyers associations: AIJA HRC (International Association of Young Lawyers - Human Rights Committee), UIA IROL (Union Internationale des Avocats - Institute for the Rule of Law), and ABA-SIL (American Bar Association – Section of International Law) have joined forces to launch the first 24-hour webathon in defence of the Rule of Law.

The NSWCCL session will examine on Black Lives Matter: an Australian Perspective. Thirty years after the seminal report of the Australian Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody, its recommendations remain ignored along with the those in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be incarcerated at alarming rates and consequently lose their lives in prison. While the Black Lives Matter movement is not precisely analogous in the Australian context, the panel will explore similiarities, differences, the impact of BLM in Australia, and the work that remains to be done to identify and implement durable solutions.

Facilitator: Pauline Wright, President NSW Council for Civil Liberties, former President of Law Council of Australia and Law Society of NSW and solicitor at PJ Donnellan & Co, Central Coast NSW

Keynote speaker: Dr. Teela Reid, Wiradjuri and Wailwan Lawyer, first Aboriginal person to be elected on the UNSW Law Society as Vice-President (Social Justice), Founding director of the UNSW Law First Peoples Moot, Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award.


- Cheryl Axleby, Chair of Change the Record. Cheryl is a proud Narungga Woman who is passionate about improving the quality of life for her people. Cheryl has spent the last 40 years working within the Aboriginal community, Federal Govt and South Australian Government to improve the lives of First Nations peoples.
- Pr. Thalia Roberts. Expertise in the areas of criminal law and procedure and Indigenous people and the law, with a particular specialisation in Indigenous criminalisation and Indigenous community justice mechanisms
Barry ‘BJ’ Duncan. Founding member and Board member Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council. Barry is a proud Gomeroi/Gamilaraay man from North West NSW.

You can join the NSWCCL session at 10am AEST, Weds May 5 here -