One of Australia’s leading Indigenous experts and independent expert of the United Nations, Megan Davis will present the 11th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture tomorrow, Thursday, 19 August.
Ms Davis will present the free lecture entitled, The Challenges of Human Rights for Indigenous People, in commemoration of the Wave Hill Walk Off by the Gurindji people led by respected elder Vincent Lingiari. The protest eventually led to the passing of the Commonwealth Land Rights Act (Northern Territory) in 1976.
Ms Davis, an Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from south-east Queensland, is Director of the Indigenous Law Centre and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. She is the first Indigenous Australian to be elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to a UN body. Her three-year term will begin in 2011.
The 11th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture will be held at CDU Casuarina campus in the Mal Nairn Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Thursday, August 19.