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Professor Hilary Charlesworth will present the 2015 UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture in Adelaide on 12 November.
Hilary will speak to the topic The good citizen of Austrlia: human rights and citizenship in the twenty-first century.
A number of governments, including Australia’s, have proposed the revocation of citizenship as a means to deter engagement in terrorism. This lecture will consider the political and legal context of these proposals and discuss their compatibility with international human rights standards.
Hilary will address the Commonwealth draft legislation that would strip citizenship from dual nationals if they were suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. She will examine the draft legislation and then consider how it makes citizenship a commodity to be earned by the virtuous, arguing for an approach to terrorism that is based in respect for human rights.
The Nelson Mandela Lecture series is jointly presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the School of Law at the University of South Australia. The series was established in 2008 to honour Nelson Mandela, the Hawke Centre’s International Patron (2001-2013).
The purpose of this lecture series is to promote the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals and the value of truth and reconciliation in life and public affairs. The ideal of justice for common humanity underpins all the lectures presented.