2 years ago

27 April, 2016

Level 3 Campus Hub, Macquarie University

Organised by:
Law Society MULS

This event is free to attend. Please register your attendance at: https://goo.gl/XWulSh

Each semester Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) take on a significant social justice issue and creates a forum for discussion and debate surrounding its relationship with the law.

This semester, join us as we take an evening to look at domestic and international law through the eyes of LGTBQI+ community. The law impacts everyone differently. From the public to the private sphere, from adoption and marriage to employment and discrimination, 4 experienced and charismatic speakers will reveal the law as it stands today, how it came to be, and the long, long road it has ahead.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm, followed by a ten minute presentation from each speaker before concluding with a Q&A session between the audience and the entire panel.

Note: this event will attract experiential credit for participants of the Global Leadership Program under code GL X29.

Greens MP Jenny Leong
Jenny is the State MP for Newtown and holds the portfolio for gender identity and sexuality. She is also a human rights campaigner who has held community leadership, campaign coordination and project management roles in the not-for-profit sector at local, national, regional and global levels.

Michael Kearney SC
Michael was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in January 2000 and appointed Senior Counsel in October 2012. Michael practised as a solicitor from 1994 until 2000 and has practised throughout his career in the area of family law. Michael acted as SC for the Commonwealth in the Marriage Equality Case, Commonwealth v ACT (2013), and will discuss in detail his experiences with this case and the impact this has had on marriage equality in contemporary Australia.

Morgan Carpenter, Co-Chair of OII (Organization Intersex International)
An organisation aimed at supporting Intersex individuals across the globe, through collaboration with businesses, community groups and governments to develop plans/polices/events that are intersex inclusive and supportive both in Australia and overseas. OII played a significant role in the amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act, providing the first Federal recognition of Intersex status as an attribute to be protected under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Lawyer/Academic Kate Gleeson
Kate is a senior lecturer at MQU and has held prestigious research fellowships in both law and politics at Macquarie University, as well as having served as an executive member of Australian Political Studies Association. She has particular expertise in the governance and regulation of bodies, sexuality and reproductive practices and has published widely on abortion, homosexual sex, pornography and sex work. Kate will focus on how the law impacts LGBTQI+ individuals internationally, particularly LGBTQI+ asylum seekers.

MC: Jon Papadopoulo - the GLBTIQ coordinator for Macquarie's Equity and Diversity Unit and a 7-year active member of the university QueerSpace.