Once a year we honour our founder, the late Elliott Johnston AO QC, by partnering with Flinders University Law School and the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement to present the Elliott Johnston Memorial Lecture. We always choose a topic that would be dear to Elliott’s heart. Given his passion for the law, and his commitment to the legal rights of Indigenous people, this year’s lecture is right on point.
Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru (author, lecturer, researcher, award winning teacher) from the University of Otago, New Zealand, will explore the role of ‘first laws’ – the laws of Indigenous people – with in our legal system – looking at the ways those laws are, and can be, embraced and respected.
Elliott Johnston commenced a long association with Aboriginal people in 1972 when he was appointed the founding chair of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement. He worked advancing Indigenous rights as a barrister and subsequently as Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Our firm honours his work, and his life, not just through this annual lecture, but by its ongoing commitment to human rights generally, and its ongoing work with Aboriginal people and communities across Australia.
The lecture is on 1 December 2015 at 5.30 at Pilgrim Church, 12 Flinders Street. It’s free, but you will need to register.