North Korea, International Law and Political Reality with Michael Kirby

Event date: 
31 Jul 2014
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: 
The Law Theatre, Ground Gloor, UNSW Law Building
Topic: 
North Korea, International Law and Political Reality
Speaker: 
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Cost: 
Free
Enquiries: 
Call us on 9385 1803

The Australian Human Rights Centre and the UNSW Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law invite you to an address by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.

North Korea, International Law and Political Reality

In January 2013, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, issued a strong call to the international community to put much more effort into tackling the “deplorable” human rights situation of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). A few months later, the UN Human Rights Council established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the systematic and widespread human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The UN requested former Australian High Court Judge, Michael Kirby to chair the Commission of Inquiry. Earlier this year, the Commission released an unprecedented report documenting crimes against humanity committed in North Korea, the "gravity, scale and nature” of which revealed “a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world."

After speaking about the report around the world, Michael Kirby will examine the report and responses from the international community.

Professor Martin Krygier, UNSW Law Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory and Co-Director of the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law, will offer concluding observations.