Prisoners and Human Rights - the potential and the reality

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, proudly presents

Dr Kim Pate
Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Debbie Kilroy
CEO of Sisters Inside

Dr Bronwyn Naylor
Associate Professor at Monash University Law School and Castan Centre Associate

Date: Thursday, 8 August 2013
Time: 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: or telephone 03 9905 3327

Public Forum - All Welcome


Dr Kim Pate (Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies) is a lawyer and teacher by training and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ottawa. Kim is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which work with, and on behalf of, marginalised, victimised, criminalised and institutionalised women and girls throughout Canada. Kim has also worked with youth and men during her 30 years of working in and around the legal and penal systems.

Debbie Kilroy, OAM LLB, BSocWk, GDFMenH, GDLPrac and former prisoner, is the CEO of Sisters Inside which is an independent community organization which advocates for the human rights of criminalized women. Debbie is a strong, active advocate for the implementation and monitoring of human rights within women's prisons and against discriminatory practices. Debbie has participated in several international meetings including the expert meeting in developing the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non Custodial Measures for Women Offenders (Bangkok Rules), and the Commission of Status of Women Sessions annually. She is the first person convicted of serious criminal offences admitted to practice law and Debbie's expertise is in criminal defence law.

Dr Bronwyn Naylor is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at Monash University, with degrees in Law and Criminology from Monash and Cambridge Universities, and has been teaching, researching and publishing in criminal law, corrections, regulation, and criminal justice and gender for over 20 years. Bronwyn is currently the lead Investigator on an ARC-funded project, now nearing completion, on the protection of human rights in prisons and other places of detention and is also a member of an ARC-project on Care Planning for Children of Incarcerated Parents. She has recently become a Council member for the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO).

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