IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017
8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017
Pyrmont Theatre, Convention Centre, Level 2
A conversation with... Julian Assange
Wednesday 11 October (1315 - 1415)
Julian Assange is the founder and editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks and freedom of expression activist. He recently marked the fifth anniversary of his asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy as a political refugee. He is the subject of a seven year Grand Jury investigation in the United States that Australian diplomats called "unprecedented in scale and scope". In April 2017 the US Attorney general affirmed that his arrest is a "priority". In 2016 he won his case against the states of Sweden and UK before the United Nations which found that he was subject to arbitrary detention and should be released and compensated. WikiLeaks publications have been used as evidence in myriad civil and criminal court cases around the world. In August 2017 the Inter-American Court considered the nature of offshore refugee law emerging from his situation with nearly 80 institutions and states briefing the court.