Professor Mick Dodson AM delivers the 2015 Kenneth Myer lecture on a topic close to his heart. Drawing on his years of community and government engagement, Mick Dodson will offer his thoughts on creating social change and solidarity for our country. Includes refreshments.
When: Thursday 27 August 2015
Where: National Library of Australia, Theatre
Tickets and more information: http://www.nla.gov.au/node/8022 or 02 6262 1271
Generously supported by The Myer Foundation
Professor Dodson is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia.
As a prominent long-term advocate for Australian Indigenous rights, human rights and social justice, he has played an instrumental role in events of historic importance in Australia and globally. His work has contributed to legal reform and lead to an acknowledgement for the policies of forced removal of Indigenous children and their families. He was a key negotiator behind the Native Title Act, and was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the United Nations Human Rights Commission, where he has played a role advocating the rights and interests of indigenous people around the world.
Professor Dodson’s early career saw him working with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service from 1976 until he became a barrister at the Victorian Bar in 1981. He joined the Northern Land Council as Senior Legal Adviser in 1984 and Director of the Council in 1990. From August 1988 to October 1990, he was also Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
In 2005, Professor Dobson commenced a 6-year appointment with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He participated in the crafting of text for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations and Inter-sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Commission. This Declaration was adopted overwhelmingly in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly.
In 2009, Mick Dodson was named Australian of the Year.
Professor Dodson is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. He is also the current Chair of the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and Chair of the ANU Reconciliation Action Plan Committee.