Challenging Injustice: The American Experience

How does a just society evolve in the way it punishes those who commit terrible crimes? Does the incarceration rate in a country reflect the quality of life, commitment to freedom or justice in that society? What does a commitment to human rights require in the criminal justice context? After nearly 30 years representing people who have been condemned to death, incarcerated or subjected to extreme punishment, Professor Stevenson will offer reflections on these questions and the challenges they post to all who seek to contribute to a just society.

Bryan Stevenson is a Professor of Clinical Law at New York University. He has represented capital defendants since 1985, and is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, non-profit law organisation he founded that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States. He is regarded as one of America's best advocates and recently argued before the United States Supreme Court and won a ban on life imprisonment without parole sentences for children convicted of most crimes. His work has won him national acclaim and he is the recipient of numerous human rights awards.

Professor Stevenson is teaching Criminal Law, Poverty and Justice in the Melbourne Law Masters program from 3rd to the 9th April.

In this free public lecture, Professor Stevenson will discuss some of the injustices of the legal system in America.

Due to the popularity of this event, registrations are no longer possible however a recording will be available. Please email if you would like to sent the recording details.