10 February 2021Share
We all have a critical role to play in achieving a just Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s rights as First Peoples are recognised, respected, celebrated and enjoyed.
Professor Michael Dodson AM, a courageous Aboriginal leader and current Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner, will present the 7th Annual Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv (Honoris Causa) (ACU) Memorial Lecture on 24 February on the topic of 'Treaty: It is a marriage not a divorce'.
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW, will also attend and share some opening remarks before the keynote speech.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Zlatko Skrbis will open the event and Dean of Law Professor Patrick Keyzer will chair.
“This topic was chosen because reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is Australia’s most important unfinished business,” Professor Keyzer said.
The lecture will be a virtual event for the first time, and all are welcome.
The Barry O’Keefe Memorial Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Thomas More Law School, and it is named in honour of the late Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC DUniv (HonorisCausa) (ACU).
ACU awarded an honorary doctorate to Justice O’Keefe in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the judiciary, the NSW legal system and to the Church.
Mrs O’Keefe will also attend the event, together with two of their sons: Philip O’Keefe and distinguished international lawyer Professor Roger O’Keefe.For more information on the virtual lecture and to register your attendance, please visit the ACU website.