March 2021

Rhodes Online Webinar #5 – Dr Helen Durham, International Red Cross, on ‘A contemporary portrait of the laws of war: what parables from Greek mythology teach us about past, present & future challenges’

  • 17 March, 2021
  • Webinar via Cisco Webex Events

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 (click here to join HAL).

Please note that this evening’s webinar will be live streamed and can only be accessed via one of the two links below.

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.

November 2020

HAL Annual General Meeting – 19 Nov 2020

  • 19 November, 2020
  • Webinar via Cisco Webex Events, Victoria Australia

The Annual General Meeting of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association Inc. will be held by Webex or similar platform at 6 p.m. AEDT (Melbourne time) on Thursday 19 November 2020.

Contact the Secretary of HAL via email at for more information.

Ten Things You Should Know About Democracy in Ancient Greece – Webinar with Professor Paul Cartledge – 17 Nov 2020

  • 17 November, 2020

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association announces that Professor Paul Cartledge will hold a webinar on “Ten Things You Should Know About Democracy in Ancient Greece” to be delivered 7pm (AEDT) Tuesday 17 November.

Register for this Rhodes Online Webinar

If you have registered to attend the webinar on 17 November and experience any issues joining it, please contact Conference Design via email email or by calling +61 (3) 6231 2999.

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

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?”

He 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).