Dan Rogers, director of Robertson O’Gorman, was invited to the recent QUT United Nations Association Networking Event to speak to students in relation to the protection of human rights.

Mr Rogers was asked to speak about his experiences working at the International Criminal Court in The Hague during 2012. However, students were encouraged to strive to protect human rights locally rather than idolising international human rights lawyers. This, he said, is important as part of a broader involvement in the law.

For Mr Rogers, protecting human rights means representing the rights and interests of vulnerable individuals in crisis. In criminal prosecutions, it means levelling the playing field when a client faces a prosecution by the State with all its might and resources. It means day-to-day advocacy and ensuring a fair outcome in the courtroom.

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