Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Barbara McDonald

27 March 2014

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Private Lives, Public Spheres

In this lecture, Professor Barbara McDonald, currently Commissioner at the Australian Law Reform Commission, will explore the way the law, in Australia and other countries, has developed protection of personal privacy. At the heart of that development is the balance between the private and public spheres in society. The digital era has extended the balancing act into the online world yet also has the potential to affect physical privacy. What is the interplay between privacy and other public interests? When does protecting privacy also protect freedom of speech? What role should the law play? Professor McDonald will also outline the proposals that the Australian Law Reform Commission will have made in its Discussion Paper on Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era, to be released earlier in March.

About the speaker:

Barbara McDonald is a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, currently teaching in the areas of Torts, Equity, Torts and Contracts II in the undergraduate programme, and Advanced Obligations and Remedies in the postgraduate programme. She is currently the Director of the Faculty's Sydney Law School in Europe programme which conducts courses in Berlin and Cambridge, and elsewhere, and has been the Director of the JD programme.

Barbara is currently serving as a Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission in Sydney where she is heading the Inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era. The Inquiry will be completed in June 2014.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to1 MCLE/CPD unit.

Time: 6-7pm followed by a cocktail reception (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Faculty Common Room, Level 4, New Law School Building (F10), Eastern Ave University of Sydney

Cost: Full Fee $15; SLS Alumni $10; Student $10

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