Today (Friday 3 February), marks 50 years since the hanging of Ronald Ryan at Pentridge Prison in Melbourne. To mark the event, the Law Council of Australia is holding a national symposium on Australia’s Contribution to the Abolition of the Death Penalty with leading jurists, domestic and foreign policy experts and political decision makers.

When: Friday, 3 February 2017
9.00am – 3.00pm

Where: Auditoriums, Monash University Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Who: Full Schedule is attached. Some of the 15+ speakers include:

· Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia.

· Tim Wilson MP, Federal Member for Goldstein.

· The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney-General.

· Philip Ruddock, Special Envoy for Human Rights.

· Michael Phelan APM, Deputy Commissioner, AFP

· Julian McMahon, Barrister and President, Reprieve Australia.

· Christopher Holtby OBE, Consul-General, British Consulate (Mel).

· Dr Bruno Scholl, Counsellor and Head of Political and Public Diplomacy, Delegation of the EU to Australia.

· Prof. Donald Rothwell, Deputy Dean and Prof. of International Law, Australian National University.

Media contacts / registration:

· Patrick Pantano 02 6246 3715 (includes mobile)

· Anil Lambert 0416 426 722

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