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Overseeing the use of police powers during the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of Law Week 2020,  this live panel discussion between Victoria Police, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) will address Victoria Police’s emergency response to COVID-19.

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What should Victorians expect from police during COVID-19? How is the integrity sector working to ensure human rights are respected?

On 22 May, Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner (VEOHRC) Kristen Hilton, and IBAC Deputy Commissioner Katie Miller will discuss Victoria Police’s approach to policing in a time of COVID-19, the enforcement of the new public health directions made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2010, the human rights considerations, and how agencies like VEOHRC and IBAC are overseeing the use of police powers during a time of unprecedented restrictions on community activities.

Facilitated by Lynne Haultain, Executive Director of Victoria Law Foundation.

This event is co-presented by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission as part of Law Week 2020, an annual festival that makes learning about the law easy.

Time and date:

  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Friday 22 May 2020


This event is free to attend - please register via Eventbrite.

About our speakers:

  • Katie Miller is a Deputy Commissioner of the Independent Broad-based Corruption Commission (IBAC) with a focus on police oversight. Katie is a Past President of the Law Institute of Victoria and promotes public engagement with law as co-host of ABC Melbourne’s weekly health and legal program, Writs and Cures, and in her work exploring how technology is changing access to justice.
  • Shane Patton APM is Deputy Commissioner, Regional Operations having been assigned the role in November 2018. This position has overall responsibility for all four Regions, Transit and Public Safety, State Emergencies and Support Command and Family Violence. Prior to this role, Shane was Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations for 3½ years where he was responsible for Crime, Counter Terrorism, Road Policing, Forensics, Intelligence & Covert Support and Legal Services.
  • Kristen Hilton is the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. In this role, she leads a strategic and high-impact policy agenda in support of organisational priorities through public interest litigation and other advocacy strategies. Prior to this appointment, Kristen was the Executive Director, Legal Practice, with Victoria Legal Aid and has previously worked with the organisation as Executive Director, Civil Justice and Access. 

Law Week 2020 is brought to you by the Victorian Law Foundation.

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