Please see below for an invitation to a symposium on the Death Penalty that is being organised by my good friend (which I will also be attending)

Title: Confronting Death: Capital Punishment in Asia

Venue: The Auditorium, CIW Building 188, Fellows Lane, Acton ACT 2601

Time: 5:00pm, 13 October 2016

Event description: Does the death penalty deter crime? What is the scope and nature of Australia’s role in the region? Why has there been a resurgence of the death penalty in the Asia-Pacific?

Questions about the death penalty have arisen again in the wake of recent executions in Indonesia and the ongoing debates on bringing the death penalty back in abolitionist countries such as the Philippines and Turkey.

To answer these difficult questions about the persistent use of the death penalty among Australia’s neighbouring countries, this symposium will bring together a distinguished panel of experts and activists with diverse backgrounds to discuss the issue in their own unique perspectives. Jointly hosted by ANU Law Reform and Social Justice and Amnesty International, this provocative symposium on the death penalty in Asia the is one of the first of its kind in Australia.

Panellists will share their personal experiences and expertise in relation to the death penalty, exploring historical and contextual issues such as the role of public opinion, the impact of capital punishment on families of death row inmates, and the extent to which Australia can play a leading role in promoting human rights in the region.

Our expert panel of guests include Julian McMahon (President, Reprieve Australia), Prof Susan Trevaskes (Adjunct Director, China in the World), Priscilla Chia (Co-founder, Second Chances Asia) and Guy Ragen (Government Relations Advisor, Amnesty International). The event will begin with presentations from each speaker, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Director of Law Reform and Social Justice Matthew Zagor. There will also be a special video message from Prof Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The event is free and open to the general public. Light refreshments will be provided after the event. Please register on Eventbrite for catering purposes.