2018 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture: Our First Nations People in Custody; a national disgrace

24 October 2018

2018 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture: Our First Nations People in Custody; a national disgrace 
Speaker: Phillip Boulten SC

About the Lecture

Indigenous Australians are imprisoned at arguably  the highest rate of imprisonment of any group of people in the world. About a  quarter of all Australian prisoners are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.  They are about 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-indigenous  Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 24 times more  likely to detained in a juvenile detention centre than non-indigenous children.

These statistics are well known and  understood. There have been Royal Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry, numerous  reports and investigations. The magnitude of the disparity is manifest – and  disgraceful. This year’s Paul Byrne memorial lecture will focus on why this  disparity exists and what can be done to ameliorate it.

About the Speaker
Phillip Boulten is a senior criminal barrister  practising at the Sydney Bar from Forbes Chambers. He appears in cases at all  levels of the criminal justice system, principally in NSW but also in other  jurisdictions.

He appeared in the Royal Commission into the Protection and  Detention of Children in the NT as senior counsel for the North Australian  Aboriginal Justice Agency. He is the Chair of the Indigenous Issues Committee  of the Australian Bar Association, Co-Chair of the NSW Bar Association’s  Working Group on the Over-representation of Indigenous People in Custody and a  member of the Law Council’s Criminal Law Committee. He is a past President of  the NSW Bar Association and a former member of the executive of the Australian  Bar Association.


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, followed by a cocktail reception 


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Previous speakers include:

  2017 – Terry  O'Gorman
2016 - Stephen Odgers  SC 
  2015 - The  Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC
  2014 - The  Hon. J D Heydon AC QC
  2013 - The  Hon. M Gleeson AC QC

About Paul Byrne SC

This is the seventh Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture honouring Paul Byrne SC, who  had a life long interest in criminal law and the criminal justice system, as  well being an active participant and generous supporter of the Institute of  Criminology at the Sydney Law School. Paul Byrne SC graduated in Arts and Law  from the University of Sydney, and worked with the Public Solicitor's Office as  a solicitor. He became a barrister in 1979, and was appointed a public defender.  In 1983 he was awarded a Master of Laws degree with First Class Honours, and  was awarded a University Medal. He was appointed Director of the Criminal Law  Review Division and a Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform  Commission. In 1995 he took silk and continued an outstanding career as an  advocate in courts at all levels.
The Paul Byrne Memorial Fund
The  Paul Byrne Memorial Fund has been set up to honour and continue Paul's  interest in the criminal justice system by supporting the ongoing activities of  the Institute of Criminology, such as lectures, seminars, publications, and  awards. Attendees of the Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture are warmly invited to  make a donation to The  Paul Byrne SC Memorial Fund. Gifts to The Paul Byrne SC Memorial Fund  support the activities of the Institute of Criminology and other activities in  the field of criminal law at Sydney Law School, in memory of the late Paul  Byrne SC.

CPD Points: 1.5

 This event is proudly hosted by the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, highlighting the Institute's support of critical criminal justice research, practice, policy and debate. 

Event details

2018 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture: Our First Nations People in Custody; a national disgrace

Where Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney When

24 October 2018

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