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Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Senator for South Australia

Media Release
14 May 2020

Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson talk to parliament

Ms Amal Clooney and Mr Geoffrey Robertson OAM, Queens Counsel will be among the experts to appear before an inquiry on whether to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses.

The hearing is part of the Magnitsky Act inquiry being conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Other expert witnesses will include the Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury representing the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, Professor Irwin Cotler and Mr Bill Browder, widely credited with instigating Magnitsky legislation.

The public hearing on Friday 15 May will take place in Committee Room 2R1, with witnesses via videoconference, and proceedings will be broadcast via

Program: Friday 15 May 2020

Morning session
8:30 am Vladimir Kara-Murza
9:20 am Ms Amal Clooney
10:30 am 10-minute break
10:40 am Professor Irwin Cotler
11:40 am Close
Afternoon session
4:30 pm Lord Neuberger
5:30 pm Mr Bill Browder
6:30pm Geoffrey Robertson, OAM
7:30pm Close