The Christina Montgomery Oration 2018

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On Tuesday, 13 March 2018, Professor Gillian Triggs presented the third annual Christina Montgomery Oration.

The Oration was a great success, with Professor Triggs sharing stories of her education, her vocational experiences and portrayal in the media.

Professor Triggs superbly articulated the mission of The Foundation, particularly through the sentiment that we should bring our sisters with us. To paraphrase Professor Triggs, whenever women (in all industries) reach new heights, break through ceilings, or achieve new feats, we should all make an effort to reach back and bring less fortunate women forward with us.

Professor Triggs answered questions from the audience, providing words of wisdom and inspiration for past and present Mac.Rob students and their families.

Professor Gillian Triggs presents the fourth annual Christina Montgomery Oration at The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School on13 March 2018.

Professor Gillian Triggs presents the fourth annual Christina Montgomery Oration at The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School on13 March 2018.

Professor Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012-2017.

Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. Gillian is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law.

Gillian graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on including law including human rights law. She is focused on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and on working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.

Gillian has been a consultant on International Law to King & Wood Mallesons, the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.

She is the author of many books and paper, including International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices (Second Edition, 2011).

Gillian also served the Commission as Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 1 August 2016 to 9 February 2017.