2017 Red Cross Oration - How to Win Friends and Influence States: Social change through treaties


Head of the Convention Against Torture Initiative and prominent UTAS alumna Dr Alice Edwards delivers the 2017 Red Cross Oration.

Start Date

28th Sep 2017 6:00pm

End Date

28th Sep 2017 7:30pm


Medical Science Precinct, Corner of Liverpool and Campbell Streets, Hobart and Livestreamed to Launceston


Medical Science Precinct,
Corner of Liverpool and Campbell Streets,


Barrel Room,
Saint John Craft Beer Bar,
133 St John Street, Launceston

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This event will be Livestreamed to Launceston, where it will be followed by a facilitated discussion about the implications of human rights treaties, laws and discourse on local and global communities.

2017 Red Cross Oration

presented by

Dr Alice Edwards

Head of Secretariat, Convention against Torture Initiative

About the Speaker

Alice EdwardsDr Alice Edwards is the Head of Secretariat at the Convention against Torture Initiative, a global government-led initiative aiming to achieve universal ratification and improved implementation of the UN Convention against Torture by 2024. She has a proven track record of facilitating inter-State consultations and dialogue, in advising national constitutional and legislative processes, as well as strategy and policy development, including formerly as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Chief of Protection Policy and Legal Advice from 2010-2015. She is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr Edwards has held academic appointments in law at the universities of Oxford and Nottingham, is widely published, and has worked in diverse countries as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (the latter with Amnesty International).

She holds degrees in Political Science and Law with Honours from the University of Tasmania (1997), a LL.M in Public International Law awarded with Distinction (first class) from the University of Nottingham (2003), a Diploma in International and Comparative Human Rights Law from the Institut International des Droits de l'Homme in Strasbourg (2005), and a PhD in Public International Law from the Australian National University.

Dr Edwards is a past recipient of an Arthur C. Helton Fellowship of the American Society of International Law and winner of the 2008 Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship in the Human Rights of Women.

Dr Edwards has taught at universities around the world including the University of Tasmania, the Australian National University, and she currently teaches a course on gender and forced migration for the University of London. She is on the editorial boards of Migration Studies, the Refugee Law Reader and the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies and was Book Reviews Editor for the European Human Rights Law Review (2010-11)

About the Red Cross Oration

The Red Cross Oration springs from a collaboration between the University of Tasmania and Australian Red Cross.  The organisations have joined together to present an annual oration. The purpose is to contribute to the advancement of public understanding and interdisciplinary dialogue concerning issues of human significance in the contemporary world. The Oration is presented by an internationally renowned speaker and has the primary purpose of introducing to the wider community issues that connect broadly with the values and principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

While the speaker may come from any discipline, the focus of the Oration is on an important contemporary issue that has a distinctly human meaning and significance whether related, for instance, to some aspect of human distress or suffering, human dignity or respect, or human understanding and human engagement.

Presented in partnership with Australian Red Cross.

Australian Red Cross

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