RWI visiting professor, Brian Burdekin will be giving an open lecture on September 30th. He will consider recent developments in protecting human rights throughout Asia. This is an area in which Burdekin has been heavily involved, advising governments and civil society on establishing an effective National Human Rights Commission.
One key role of National Human Rights Commissions is to address inadequacies of judicial systems in redressing violations by the executive government or the forces that it controls. With governments privatizing and outsourcing numerous essential services, they have – in a number of occasions – breached international human rights law by failing to regulate the private sector.
Burdekin is an International Adviser to numerous National Human Rights Institutions. From 1986 to 1994, Burdekin was Federal Human Rights Commissioner of Australia, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to human rights in 1995. From 1995 to 2003, he was Special Adviser on National Institutions to the first three United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights.
Time: 14:15 to 16:00
Location: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, Room Alfa 1010