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Human Rights Campaigner to Give Public Lecture

10/11/2010 00:00:00


Professor Linda Briskman
Professor Linda Briskman

An international human rights campaigner is to deliver the 2010 Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture at Lancaster University which is open to the public.

Award-winning Australian academic Professor Linda Briskman will give this year’s lecture entitled "Banishment at the border: Retreating from human rights" in which she will discuss human rights issues facing refugees and asylum seekers.

Professor Briskman has had a distinguished career researching asylum seekers, refugees and aboriginal rights and has just completed a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Refugee Studies at Oxford University.

She is currently the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2008, she won the prestigious Australian Human Rights Commission award for literature for a book she co-authored entitled “Human rights overboard: Seeking asylum in Australia”.

Dr Victoria Mason of Lancaster University’s Richardson Institute is organising the Lecture.

Dr Mason said: “The Richardson Institute is absolutely delighted that Professor Briskman will be giving this year’s Annual Peace Lecture. Professor Briskman is a leading scholar on, and advocate for, refugee rights. It will be very useful to get her perspective on the challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers in the current global climate.”

The Richardson Institute is a peace and conflict research centre located in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Previous speakers have included the veteran political campaigner Tony Benn, the former BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martin Bell, journalist Robert Fisk and Australian foreign correspondent Sophie McNeill.

The lecture takes place on Thursday 21 October from 6pm-7.30pm in the Frankland Lecture Theatre in the Faraday Building. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For further information, please contact Dr Vicky Mason at:

Key sections of the exhibition “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” will also be displayed in the foyer immediately before and during the lecture. *Exhibition supported by Soka Gakkai International (SGI) UK and the Richardson Institute.