Caxton Legal Centre hosts the Justice in Focus Series, a set of regular public forums that enrich public debate on topics of local and national importance, in partnership with the law schools at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.

Each forum features a panel of leading thinkers representing a range of socio-legal views on the topic.

The Justice in Focus Series regularly features on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program. Forums take place at various locations in Brisbane’s CBD. Refreshments are served at the close of each event.

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Coming events

Biometrics, privacy and the law

Technology using facial recognition, fingerprints and other data based on the human body is quickly becoming the norm in the name of protecting against terrorism, immigration breaches and other crimes.

This panel discussion will explore current biometrics applications in Australia, the laws that regulate them and how, in a time of increasing complexity, citizens can engage in debate on the rapid advancement of technology.

Join our experts Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow, Privacy Commissioner Philip Green and Professor Brian Lovell as they think through these issues in a conversation chaired by Radio National’s Paul Barclay.

Thursday, 13 September from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at the Banco Court.

Register here.

Past events

System Failure: The Over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in Prison 19 July 2018

This panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women discussed the historical, social and systemic drivers which have resulted in the vast over-representation of Indigenous women in prison and contemplated avenues for change. 

A podcast of the conversation will be made available on this page shortly. 

Soft on Crime? How Sentencing Can Better Reflect Community Values  13 March 2018

A panel discussion on sentencing and community values based on research that found that, in 62% of cases, jurors would issue more lenient sentences than judges following a guilty verdict.

Radio National podcast

Unlawful Non-Citizens: the Rise in Character Visa Cancellations  5 October 2017

A discussion on recent changes to the Migration Act raising significant human rights questions around enhanced ministerial powers, unlawful detention of immigrants and proportionate responses to those convicted of criminal offences.

Radio National podcast

The Perfect Storm: the Evolution of Australia’s Elder Abuse Crisis  7 September 2017

This panel discussed the factors that have converged to create a ‘perfect storm’ in the form of widespread elder abuse in Australia.

Radio National podcast

Human Rights in the Age of Trump  6 April 2017

With the Queensland Government set to introduce a Human Rights Act and President Trump seeking to limit immigration and press access in the United States, this forum considered the role of human rights legislation in the protection of minorities and the regulation of political power.

Domestic ViolenceUnheard Voices  29 September 2016

Radio National podcast

The Right Stuff? Do we Need Human Rights Protections?  12 April 2016

Radio National podcast

Smart Money: Investing in Alternatives to Indigenous Imprisonment  8 October 2015

Going Home Safe: Use of Force in Policing People with Mental Illness  7 May  2015

Radio National podcast

Boundless Plains to Share? Recent Changes to Australian Refugee Law  5 March 2015

Radio National podcast

Brisbane G20: Protest and Policing in a Mature Democracy  6 November 2014

Radio National podcast

Regulating Access to Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: Implementing the Nagoya Protocol  21 August 2014

Separation of Powers  10 April 2014

Radio National podcast

Youth Justice  17 October 2013

Radio National podcast

G20: Dissent, Police Powers and International Reviews of Security Implementation  26 September 2013

The War on Drugs  15 August 2013

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