Open Fora

Equity and Diversity Open Fora explore a range of social issues of relevance to Western Sydney University and the Greater Western Sydney community. The forums are free and everyone is welcome to attend, staff, students and the general public.

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Upcoming Events

The Impact of Technology on the Future of the Federal Court

Date: 16 November 2016
Time: 5:30pm for 6pm start
Venue: Parramatta South Campus (opens in a new window), Female Orphan School (West Wing), Building EZ


Guest Speaker:

  • The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO
    Federal Court of Australia

From 1981 to 2001 Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen's Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.

From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008 he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, undertaking the roles of trial and appellate judge on a full range of Federal Court work. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, Chief Justice Allsop was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013.

From 1981 to 2014 Chief Justice Allsop taught part-time at the University of Sydney as a tutor and lecturer in property, equity, bankruptcy, insolvency, corporate finance and maritime law. He currently teaches part-time in maritime law at the University of Queensland. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the board of World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College. On January 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. On 19 March 2013 he was elected a member of the American Law Institute.

From 1 July 2016 Chief Justice Allsop was appointed Adjunct Professor by the School of Law, The University of Queensland (UQ), for a period of 3 years.

Past Events

12 October 2016

The Future of Multiculturalism

Guest Speaker

  • Dr G. K. Harinath OAM
    Chair of the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board



24 August 2016

Nepal - between China and India.
Survival of Struggling Democracies

Guest Speaker:

  • Prof. Surya Dhungel
    Kathmandu University School of Law/National Law College,
    and Chairman, LawMan Inc.

20 Jul 2016

Insurance, Genetic Testing
and Discrimination

Guest Speaker:

  • Justice Christian Byk
    French Commission for UNESCO

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1 June 2016

Fighting Global Poverty with Gender Equality

Guest Speaker:

  • Dr Helen Szoke
    Chief Executive
    Oxfam Australia

6 April 2016

Open Markets and the Vietnamese Human Rights Dilemma

Guest Speakers:

  • Chris Hayes MP
    Federal Member for Fowler
  • Commentary provided by Dinh Tran
    Registrar, Family Court of Australia

2 March 2016

The Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and now Zika:
Can Australia Make a Difference?

Guest Speaker:

  • Helen Evans
    Associate Professor (Hons.),
    The Nossal Institute for Global Health, the University of Melbourne

20 January 2016

Tyranny of Status Quo: Challenges of Indian Economic Reforms

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr M. Govinda Rao
    Emeritus Professor, National Institute of Public Finance Policy, New Delhi
  • Commentary provided by Pallavi Sinha,
    Lawyer & Adjunct Lecturer

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