Human Rights Oration

The Human Rights Oration is an annual event hosted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to recognise International Human Rights Day.

The Oration aims to highlight human rights issues as they apply to the everyday lives of citizens. Each year we invite prominent speakers in different fields to present their perspective on human rights.

2015 Human Rights Oration

Dr Anita Heiss presented the 2015 Human Rights Oration on 10 December. A video recording of the event is available

Previous speakers

• Mr Eric Vadarlis
• Ms Lowitja O’Donohue
• Dr Rhonda Galbally AO
• Mr Andrew Demetriou
• Mr Julian Burnside QC
• Dr Anne Summers AO
• Mr Dan Adams
• Ms Muriel Bamblett
• Mr David Marr
• Mr Bernard Salt
Mr Ron Merkel QC
Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC
Professor Gillian Triggs


Video, audio and speech transcripts of the oration's previous keynote speakers are available below.