Rhodes Online Webinar #5 – Dr Helen Durham, International Red Cross, on what Greek mythology can teach us about past, present & future challenges – 17 March, 2021

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association and the Agora Dialogue will jointly host an online webinar featuring Dr Helen Durham on “A contemporary portrait of the laws of war: what parables from Greek mythology teach us about past, present & future challenges” from 7PM (AEDT), Wednesday 17 March 2021.

The event is for HAL financial members and registered delegates for the 2020 HAL Rhodes conference.

A link to register for the webinar will be distributed in the near future.

Dr Helen Durham

Dr Helen Durham is Director of International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva.

In her role Dr Durham oversees a large global network of international lawyers, policy advisers, armed forces delegates, weapons specialists, sociologists, researchers and academic experts who work towards the respect of international humanitarian law (IHL).

Dr Durham regularly represents ICRC at venues such as the UN Security Council and in bi-lateral engagements with Ministers, senior government officials and military decision makers. In the past few years she has undertaken missions including Baghdad and wider Iraq, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Nairobi, Moscow, Beijing, Dakar, London, Vienna, New Delhi and Brussels to engage on matters relating to the protection of civilians during times of armed conflict, in particular the protection of women.

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia, Dr Durham has a law degree with honours (Melbourne University) and a PhD (Melbourne University with research at New York) in international law, with a focus on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and international criminal prosecution.

Dr Durham is widely published on IHL topics, in particular those relating to women and armed conflict. Dr Durham has been involved in ICRC operational work in the field (in Myanmar, Aceh, the Philippines and the Pacific) and has been part of negotiations for international treaties in New York, Geneva and Rome.

In 2014 Dr Durham was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, in 2015 she was awarded as an Australian Centenary Peacewoman and in 2017 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Jointly hosted with Agora Dialogue

HAL will jointly host this Rhodes Online webinar with the Agora Dialogue.

Founded in Australia, Agora Dialogue is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, independent organisation. Since 2016 the organisation’s main operations are carried out in Europe, in particular in Cyprus.

Agora Dialogue is designed to encourage deeper reflection and reasoning, reinvigorating ideas such as justice, democracy, sustainability, fairness, equality, liberty, Agora Dialogue acts as a fulcrum for the development of a more attentive, sustainable and enriched society.

Find out more about the organisation’s activities.

Rhodes Online Webinar #4 – Ten Things You Should Know About Democracy in Ancient Greece

Professor Paul Cartledge conducted a webinar on “Ten Things You Should Know About Democracy in Ancient Greece” on Tuesday 17 November as part of HAL’s Rhodes Online webinar series.

Professor Paul Cartledge FSA, FRSA, is a Senior Research Fellow of Clare College Cambridge and the recently retired inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University.

He has provided a summary of his webinar presentation:

“The past is a foreign country – the ancient Athenians did democratic justice differently there. As regards the law and governance, they had no truck with our cherished notion of the separation of powers. As regards litigation, they dispensed with a State Prosecutor, didn’t distinguish between criminal and civil cases, and believed in the efficacy and validity of mass juries of at least 201 citizens aged over 30, all selected by lot and paid a small compensation for their days of – democratic, political – service. Sometimes the law was an ass, sometimes the Athenian popular juries were asses. But by and large the system worked well enough – for them – for almost two centuries. What can we – or should – we learn from them?”

Professor Cartledge is an Honorary Citizen of Sparta, Greece, and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour awarded by the President of Greece.

Professor Cartledge has single-authored some 15 books, most recently ‘Democracy: A Life’ (OUP, New York & Oxford), which was shortlisted for the Runciman Award and the London Hellenic Prize.

He has co-authored, edited and co-edited altogether some 30 books. He sits on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals and co-edits the ‘Key Themes in Ancient History’ monograph series for the Cambridge University Press (28 volumes so far), which he co-founded and to which he contributed his own ‘Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice’ (2009).

Rhodes Online Webinar #3 – Contrasts between the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

The Right Hon Lady Arden, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and The Hon Justice James Edelman jointly held a webinar on 15 October 2020.

The webinar, the third in the Rhodes Online series, contrasted the High Court of Australia with the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

The Right Hon Lady Arden of Heswall DBE

Mary Howarth Arden, Lady Arden of Heswall, became a Justice of the Supreme Court in October 2018.

Lady Arden grew up in Liverpool. She read law at Girton College Cambridge and Harvard Law School. Called to the Bar in 1971, she became a Queen’s Counsel in 1986 and served as Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1991 and 1993.

She served on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales from 2000 to 2018. Her judicial career began in 1993 when she was appointed to the High Court of Justice of England and Wales as the first woman judge assigned to the Chancery Division.

Alongside her judicial experience, she has written extensively on how the law keeps pace with social change. Her two-volume book ‘Shaping Tomorrow’s Law’ was published in 2015. It drew strongly on her knowledge of law reform, which she began to develop while serving as Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales from 1996 to 1999.

Between 2005 and September 2018, Lady Arden was Judge in Charge, Head of International Judicial Relations of England and Wales.

She organised bilateral exchanges between the senior Judiciary of the UK and the judiciaries of leading national and supranational courts overseas. She became a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2011, and is an ad hoc UK judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The Hon Justice James Edelman

Justice Edelman was appointed to the High Court of Australia in January 2017. From 2015 until the time of his appointment he was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

From 2011 until 2015 he was a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He previously practised as a barrister at the chambers of Mr Malcolm McCusker QC in Western Australia from 2001-2011 in the areas of criminal law and commercial law and at One Essex Court Chambers from 2008-2011 in commercial law.

He was a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford from 2005, and Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford from 2008 until 2011.

Rhodes Online Webinar #2 – Democracy, the Rule of Law and Media Freedom

The second in HAL’s Rhodes Online Webinar series features Baroness Helena Kennedy and Professor Peter Greste in conversation on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Media Freedom.

It can be replayed in the video player above.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is currently Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and Professor Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera.