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    • JSI Seminar Series: Liberal Citizenship and the Isolated Tribes of Brazil

      26 October
      Speaker: Dr Luara Ferracioli, The University of Sydney
      Since 1987, the Brazilian government has implemented a no-contact policy, which prevents contact between isolated indigenous tribes in the Amazon and members of the general public, including state officials. The government justifies this policy on the grounds that contact would expose members of isolated tribes to dangerous illnesses as well as violate their right to determine their own life processes.
      In this paper, Luara Ferracioli brings liberal theory to bear on the question of whether Brazil's treatment of isolated indigenous tribes is justified. She argues that the current policy actually fails to treat isolated indigenous persons as free and equal.

    • Democratic Rights Night

      26 October
      As a democratic state Australia may be thought to subscribe to and protect certain core ideas for its citizens. Such ideas include freedom of political communication, freedom of election, freedom of religious belief, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Freedom of assembly is protected under International Human Rights Law and encompasses the right of citizens to engage in peaceful protests.

    • 2017 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

      1 November
      Speaker: Terry O'Gorman
      Following the recent announcement of the Federal Government's decision to create an Australian version of the British Home Office and so create a superministry dealing with terrorism, it is timely to examine the balance between national security powers and civil liberties since 9/11 in 2001.