2020 Social Justice Lecture

We are incredibly excited to have Professor Marcia Langton AM, deliver the 2020 Melbourne University Law Student Society Annual Social Justice Lecture. The lecture topic is The Racial Discrimination Act, the John Koowarta case & the Long Struggle for Justice.

Professor Langton is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art. In 1993 she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights.

She was recently appointed by the government to help co-design a process for an Indigenous voice to parliament. Her role in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians are evidence of Professor Langton’s academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual.

Professor Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. In further recognition as one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous Academics Professor Langton has in 2017 been appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.

After the lecture, students will have the opportunity to ask Professor Langton any questions they may have.

We would like to acknowledge that as students of the Melbourne Law School much of our learning takes place on stolen Wurundjeri land of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. As law students, we acknowledge that Aboriginal people experience disproportionate rates of imprisonment and interaction with the legal system. We strive to challenge the intersections of racism that cause this.