Sydney Australia

Sydney 2020 | Freedom Series Gala

Join us for a benefit night of fun, food, and purpose as two legal teams do “Hypotheticals-style” combat
in promotion of the highest goal of slavefreetrade: Freedom.
The evening includes brilliant Australian legal minds, and the most promising legal minds of tomorrow as they argue a case
based on freedom literature before a luminary of the Australian judicial landscape. The case will be adjudicated by a jury of Australian media personalities.
Benefit ticket includes pre-event cocktails, gourmet 3 course dinner, drinks throughout and a curated gift of products made without modern slavery in the supply chain.
The event furthers the global program of slavefreetrade.
Our Mission: To bring supply of and demand for slave-free goods and services to the market.
Our Vision: A world in which slave-free goods and services are the norm.
The Sydney event will be special, with several announcements of an evolution in the protection of Human Rights.

Don't Miss Out

Event Details

When: February 27th, 2019
Cocktails start at 6.30 PM

Where: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
Grand Ballroom I & II
176 Cumberland St,
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Parking: On Site Parking - $44 per car
Wilson Parking - 111 Harrington St

Room Discount: Shangri-La Hotel has offered a discounted rate to slavefreetrade Freedom Series Gala guests.

Secure Your Tickets Now

Early Bird Tickets - Until July 1st

$ 390 USD


Premium Freedom Series Tickets

$ 500 USD


Full Table of 10 Tickets

$3,750 USD


VIP Tickets Inc. Modern Slavery Workshop

$ 750 USD


Remaining Tickets

Early Bird Tickets - 37 Remaining

Premium Tickets - 238 Remaining

Full Tables - 9 Remaining

VIP Tickets - 5 Remaining

Evening Presentation

Gillian Triggs

Keynote Address

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and the new Chair of Justice Connect. She is also Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal.

Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-07. She is a former barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. She graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982.

Gillian has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. After her tenure with the Australian Human Rights Commission ended, Gillian joined Justice Connect as Chair to pursue her commitment to ensuring that all people have a fair chance to access justice, including people experiencing homelessness, elder abuse, family violence and financial exploitation.

Post-HRC, Gillian is focused on helping lawyers ‘get out of the office’ and meet people who need legal help where they live.

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Aaron Heslehurst

Master of Ceremonies

Award winning BBC World News TV Presenter Aaron Heslehurst is one of the main faces on BBC World News TV and a high profile BBC business news presenter since 2002.

In May of 2017 he launched his own named show "Talking Business with Aaron Heslehurst". Aaron delivers the big stories with his usual enthusiasm and excitement and cuts through the jargon with live top CEO interviews and brings you the latest innovations.

Aaron regularly covers the big stories that matter, to consumers. From global food prices to the fast-changing face of technology and the devices we use today. From the plane-makers to the car-makers, from leading international corporate news to global finance.

Aaron has also interviewed some of the world's biggest corporate leaders and leaders, from the World Bank, the IMF, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation. His passion and specialty lies in the global aviation industry. Aaron has interviewed the heads of the world’s largest and leading airlines.

In 2009 Aaron won "Best Industry Commentator of the Year" - in the Daily Telegraph Wealth Management Awards.

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Justice Key Oagile Dingake

High Court of Botswana
slavefreetrade Patron

Hon. Justice Professor Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake, Ph.D., has served as a judge for more than a decade. In that time, he has sat on the High Court of Botswana, the Industrial Court of Botswana, the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea.

Prior to joining the bench, he was a lecturer at the University of Botswana, teaching in the areas of constitutional law, human rights law, legal practice, employment law, administrative law, and commercial law. Justice Dingake was also a senior partner with the firm of Moupo, Motswagole, and Dingake, specializing in administrative, constitutional, and labor law.

He has published on the role of the judiciary in protecting the rights of vulnerable groups and been actively involved in judicial leadership efforts related to HIV and health. He has an L.L.B. from the University of Botswana, an L.L.M. from the University of London, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town.

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Brian Iselin

Event Host
slavefreetrade CEO

Brian is a counter-slavery operations expert. Amongst dozens of assignments over the last 17 years in almost 50 countries, he has served as specialist advisor on human trafficking to the likes of the European Commission, UNDP, UNODC, and numerous governments.

He is a former Australian Federal Agent, counter-narcotics and counter-organised crime specialist.

As a Federal Agent he served in intelligence and drug operations in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney, also on secondment to the National Crime Authority and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

He holds degrees in Asian studies (speaks Chinese), international criminal justice, police management, and strategic and defence studies. He is a dual Australian Swedish national, and is the Geneva-based Founder and CEO of slavefreetrade.

To Be Announced

Keynote Address

We need to keep some surprises

Justice Lex Lasry AM

"Presiding Judge"
Supreme Court Justice (Ret)

Lasry was appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 23 October 2007. He is also a member of the Council of the International Criminal Bar for counsel practising before the International Court of Justice. He also chaired appellate hearings for the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) and for V8 Supercar racing, and holds a motor racing licence.

He was the trial judge for the murder trial against Hugo Alastair Rich and the re-trial of Robert Farquharson. In 2007 Lasry was awarded the Law Council of Australia's inaugural Presidents Medal for his pro bono representation of Van Nguyen in 2005, and for his outstanding work as Independent Legal Observer for Hicks in 2004 and 2005.

A longstanding opponent of the use of the death penalty, arguing "when the state kills a citizen, no matter what they have done, the community is diminished by the killing." In reference to the Bali Nine, Lasry stated "The idea that the government would take individuals out into the bush and shoot them is something I can never live with... and from a legal viewpoint, it has no deterrent value."

Julian Burnside AO QC

"Prosecution Barrister"

While maintaining a strong commercial practice, Julian has also developed a distinguished public law practice. He regularly appears in both first instance and appellate proceedings in the Supreme Court, and the Federal Court in Victoria and across other states. He also appears in the High Court of Australia.

Julian's landmark cases include successfully appearing for the Plaintiff in Trevorrow v. South Australia which was the first time a court recognised membership of the 'Stolen Generation' as a basis for legal compensation. He also successfully appeared before the Federal Court and in the High Court for the Maritime Union of Australia in the Patrick Stevedores v MUA litigation (the 'Waterfront Dispute').

In recent years Julian has become one of Australia's leading advocates in relation to Australia's treatment of asylum seekers and the protection of human rights and is also an accomplished author. In 2009 Julian was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his work as a human rights advocate, and for his services to the arts and the law.

Announced Soon

"Defence Barrister"

We need to keep some surprises

Suzanne Smith

"Jury Member"
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Suzanne is a 6 time Walkley Award winning senior journalist interested in content strategy and creation, digital media, television documentaries, investigative journalism, podcasting and philanthropy.

Awards include:

  • Clarion award for Business reporting 2018
  • Two Logie Awards for most outstanding news reportage 2007 and 2013
  • Six Walkley Awards for journalism including 2018 as part of team ABC Unravel True Crime and Australian Story and ABC Audio Studios.
  • Finalist Walkley Awards 2007 and 1996
  • Lowy International Media Finalist 2015
  • U.N Media Association Peace Prize
  • Human Rights Award ( HREOC)
  • Luminous Award for Cancer reporting 2010
  • Australian Drug and Alcohol reporting awards TV 2009 &
  • EU Journalist of the year for 1997

Hugh Riminton

"Jury Member"
National Affairs Editor
Ten Eyewitness News

He is a top level journalist and his work has touched everyone all over the world. He has hosted great shows and his presence has made them great too. Despite not being born in Australia, he has won hearts of Australian people. He has kept improving from the word go and this will happen in future too. He is none other than the sensational Hugh Riminton.

Hugh Riminton got a chance to join Nine Network in the year 1989 and he did not let this chance slip through his hands. His grab this opportunity and this gave his career a head start. This network was located in Melbourne of Australia at that time. He became the London-based correspondent in the year 1991.

Till now he has reported from more than a whopping 40 countries and this record is quite tough to beat. He has reported from countries such as India, Russia, East Timor and China. The list goes on and on. He has also worked for CNN in the past and totally shined for them. In the year 2010, Hugh Riminton got appointed as Ten News Political Editor and he made the most of it. In the year 2011, he was awarded Walkley Award for his amazing work.

Bridie Jabour

"Jury Member"
Opinion Editor at The Guardian Australia

Bridie Jabour is a writer who has worked as a journalist for News Corp, Fairfax and Guardian Australia.

Bridie has written commentary on inequality, feminism and pop culture. She appears regularly on the ABC, Sky News, Triple J and ABC radio Sydney and is co-host of the podcast Behind the Lines.

Bridie is assistant news editor at Guardian Australia where she has reported on social affairs, politics and regional issues. She has worked in the Canberra press gallery and was a reporter for Brisbane Times after starting her career at the Gold Coast Bulletin in Queensland. She has been nominated for New South Wales and Queensland media awards for her coverage of the Lindt Cafe Siege and Queensland state politics.

She has hosted live shows for the Guardian and appeared on panels at various writers' festivals as a moderator and contributor. She has 20,000 + fans on social media across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Way Things Should Be is her first novel.

Ben Eltham

"Jury Member"
New Matilda
National Affairs Correspondent

Ben Eltham is an Australian writer, journalist, researcher, creative producer and social commentator based in Melbourne.

He is Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University's School of Media, Film and Journalism and was a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and a Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention. Eltham studied neuroscience and philosophy at the University of Queensland, and did a PhD at Western Sydney University on cultural policy. He has served as National Affairs Correspondent for New Matilda.

Ben has contributed to Public policy of culture in Australia, particularly at federal level, Popular media; journalist and essayist with New Matilda, contributor to Crikey, Guardian Australia, Overland, Meanjin and the Sydney Review of Books, producer and festival director in Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Ben is the author of When the goal posts move : patronage, power and resistance in Australian cultural policy 2013-16.

Melissa Davey

"Jury Member"
The Guardian
Melbourne Bureau Chief

For several years Melissa Davey has been Guardian Australia's Melbourne Bureau Chief, also covering general and breaking news, child sexual abuse, family violence, medicine, social justice issues and Cardinal George Pell.

Melissa has appeared on ABC News breakfast, is a regular guest on Triple J Hack, and also speaks about her work for other ABC programs including The Drum. She frequently appears on BBC World News, and commercial radio in Australia and overseas. Previously she has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, and News Ltd.

She has been nominated for four Walkley awards, two Quill awards, and has won awards for 'The Reckoning'. She is a nominee in the 2019 Women in Leadership category Walkley award. She has also won awards from medical bodies like the Victor Chang Institute and the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for her work. Her investigation into Gayed triggered a government inquiry.

Melissa also does consulting work on the issues of gender equality, family violence and mental health and the portrayal of these issues in the media.

Father Rod Bower

"Jury Member"
Archdeacon for Justice Ministries and Chaplaincy

The Venerable Rod Bower is a passionate advocate for a number of social justice and human rights issues, including marriage equality. He believes that our treatment of Asylum Seekers, the lack of action on climate change and the failure to adequately recognize First Nations people damages our corporate soul.

It has been said that he takes “a hard line on compassion”, he is committed to building social and cultural capital and contributing to the evolution of an Australia where there is respect, peace and harmony. Fr Rod is married to Kerry, also a passionate advocate for Asylum Seekers; they have two married children and three grandchildren.

Fr Rod Bower is the Rector of Gosford where he has served for 16 years and Archdeacon of the Central Coast. He is an ambassador for the Refugee Council of Australia and Chairman of the Board of Lakes Grammar, an Anglican School.

Fr Rod received the 2016 Doha International Award for Interfaith Dialogue.

Natalie O'Brien

"Jury Member"
Freelance Journalist

Natalie is a Journalist, editor, and media consultant with extensive experience in digital, newspapers, magazines, and social media platforms.

She is currently freelance journalist, media advisor, strategist and speaker on the role of new media in world affairs.

Was formerly an investigative reporter with Nine (Fairfax Media) in Sydney working for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald.

Natalie was also Deputy News Editor and former Investigations Editor at The Australian Newspaper based in Sydney.

She is a Multiple award-winner for stories on human rights, the environment, immigration and the exploitation of women and children.

Natalie has previously served as a media and communications advisor for The United Nations Relief and Works Agency UNRWA based in Jordan, former media relations and outreach advisor for The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague and former media and outreach advisor for the United Nations Development Program based in Amman, Jordan.

Note: The evenings proceedings will be photographed, and video recorded. Attendance constitutes acceptance and unconditional release of the attendee’s likeness being used in slavefreetrade media or promotional materials including, but not limited to social media posts, promotional materials or videos or documentary production.

"Freedom means the opportunity... be what we never thought we would be."

- Daniel J. Boorstin