Book launch by Bryan Stevenson at the Essoign The International Commission of Jurists is hosting Bryan Stevenson at the Essoign Club on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 to launch his book, Just Mercy. The launch is at 5.45pm with drinks from 5.15pm. Stevenson is an inspirational speaker and his book is about capital punishment and Stevenson’s experiences defending the poor and wrongfully convicted in the US.

follow link For more details see the attached flyer. 

Free public lecture “Addressing the Phenomenon of Foreign Fighters”

The Castan Centre, in conjunction with Holding Redlich, is holding a free public lecture on Wednesday 4th February.

Professor Andrew Clapham

Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

a Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow

‘Addressing the Phenomenon of “Foreign fighters”‘

Date: Wednesday 4 February 2015
Time: 6pm – 7.15pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: or telephone 03 9905 3327
Public lecture – All welcome

The lecture will focus on the phenomenon of “foreign fighters”, in light of the security measures being taken across the world against nationals fighting in foreign wars, particularly in Syria and Iraq. What are the international law and policy issues related to withdrawal of citizenship for those representing a security risk to Western countries, and other constraints on “foreign fighting”? This issue has become sadly more relevant after the revelation of the prior activities of the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attacks in France. Broader questions of “foreign fighting” will also be addressed, as the label can be applied in different ways. For example, issues arise regarding the prosecution of foreigners detained in Guantanamo, as well as abuses by private security companies.

Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He was the first Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (June 2006 – July 2014). He teaches international human rights law and public international law. Prior to coming to the Institute in 1997, he was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York. Andrew Clapham has worked as Special Adviser on Corporate Responsibility to High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to Sergio Vieira de Mello, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq.

Mercy for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan

You may have heard in the media that Myuran Sukumaran has had his application for clemency refused by the Indonesian president and Andrew Chan will likely have his rejected also.

Today it has been reported that Indonesia will wait for the outcome of Andrew’s clemency appeal before proceeding with the execution of Myuran.

The new Indonesian government has started executing again, and there is real prospect that  Myuran and Andrew will be executed in the near future.

There is a petition addressed to the Indonesian president asking him to reconsider his decision at this website:

We invite you to sign the petition and talk to your community about supporting Andrew and Myran.

For more information go to or

Interesting resource: ‘The System’

Al Jazeera has produced ‘The System‘ – “a new eight-part series from award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger explores the underbelly and dark corners of the American justice system. Berlinger investigates controversial cases of wrongful convictions, botched investigations and innocents on death row.”

Changes in the County Court

The County Court has announced the following changes via its website: Change to Appeal Listing Practice

As of 19th January 2015 all Criminal Conviction and Sentence appeals lodged from the Magistrates’ Court for hearing at Melbourne with a duration of one day or more will be allocated a pre appeal mention in the 9am list, 21 days from the date the appeal is lodged.

At the pre appeal mention, preliminary matters including witness numbers and availability will be discussed and the appeal date will be allocated. It is envisaged this process will reduce adjournments, allow adequate time for parties to prepare and provide more certainty to parties in having their appeal reached on the allocated appeal date.

For more information, please contact one of the County Court’s Criminal Listings Registrars:

Jane Hicks on 8636 6533 / or
Amanda Davies on 8636 6534 /

opzioni digitali sicure New Governance Arrangements

From 1 January 2015, the County Court of Victoria will be organised into three divisions – the Criminal Division, the Common Law Division and the Commercial Division. These will replace the Criminal List, Damages and Compensation List and Commercial List respectively. There will be consequential changes flowing from these new governance arrangements and the court will be going through a period of transition in the first few months of 2015, while all court forms, processes and procedures are amended to reflect the new governance arrangements. In the meantime practitioners should continue to file and lodge documents in the usual manner unless advised otherwise. The Court will provide regular updates as the required changes come into effect.

Vale Peter Jones

The Criminal Bar Association is saddened to learn of the death of Peter Jones on Saturday 10 January 2015.
Jonesie put up a terrific battle in the last few years, and not just in court. He is a great loss to our profession. He was an intelligent, fair, no-nonsense, decent bloke with genuine story telling ability and an excellent wit. We will miss the booming voice that would announce his arrival.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and all his friends. He will be missed.

Funeral details are as follows:

Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Mr Peter Jones will be offered in St John’s Catholic Church, cnr Cape and Yarra Sts, Heidelberg on FRIDAY (Jan. 16, 2015) commencing at 1.00 p. m. Extra seating and simulcast of Service also available in hall. A Private Cremation will follow the Funeral Mass.