Australia's Role in the World Public Lecture Series

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09 August 2012 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Lecture Theatre A, Building 134 Melbourne University Spencer Rd, Parkville. Melbourne. 3052

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Global and Regional Challenges by Professor Gareth Evans and Professor Amitabh Mattoo

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Have the hopes generated by President Obama in his 2009 Prague speech for serious movement towards a nuclear weapon free world proved illusory? What are the particular risks and challenges posed by nuclear weapons in Asia?

Australia’s Role in the World public lecture series is a partnership initiative between the University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of International Affairs and UN Youth Australia, aimed at engaging young people, academia and the wider public in debate about major global issues.

Professor Amitabh Mattoo is a Professor of Disarmament Studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level advisory group to the Prime Minister of India.

Professor Mattoo was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu from 2002-08. He received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris.

He has been published extensively, writing regularly for Indian newspapers and is a well-regarded commentator on the subject. Professor Mattoo has also been awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, for his contribution to education and public life. He is currently the Director of the Australia India Institute.

Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans AO QC is Chancellor of the Australian National University, a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne and President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group - the independent global independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000-09.

He has co-chaired two major International Commissions, on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-01) and on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008-10). Before entering the Australian Parliament in 1978, he was an academic lawyer specialising in constitutional and civil liberties law and a barrister specialising in industrial law. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1983. Professor Evans was a member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years.

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Susan Elliott - Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) The University of Melbourne, Deputy Chair AII
Gareth Evans AO QC 
Chair; The ABC's Beverly O'Connor
Director of AII Professor Amitabh Mattoo
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