To book Felicity for your event or for details of court, media or university commitments please get in touch
The Commonwealth Lawyers ConferenceMarch 20, 2017
Felicity will be speaking at the Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice on defences and vulnerabilityApril 8, 2017
The Advocate’s Gateway International ConferenceJune 2, 2017 - June 3, 2017
CLANT Bali ConferenceJune 24, 2017 - June 30, 2017
IBA ConferenceOctober 8, 2017 - October 13, 2017
Felicity’s upcoming events calendar
I will speak on consent in experimental research at the Health and Law WorkshopFebruary 28, 2017
I will speak on rights of children with mental disabilities at the Child Rights ForumFebruary 27, 2017
Felicity attending Changing Contours of Criminal Justice Day Seminar and Book Launch at Oxford UniversityDecember 5, 2016
Changing Contours of Criminal Justice is an edited collection of essays designed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Oxford Centre for Criminology by exploring the changing contours of criminal justice over the past half century. The contributors to this volume were invited to reflect on the impact Oxford criminology has had on the discipline, providing a unique and critical discussion about the current state of criminal justice around the world and the origins and future implications of contemporary practice. All are internationally-renowned criminologists whose work has defined and often re-defined our understanding of criminal justice policy and literature.
More details here.
Women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose?November 8, 2016
Joshua Rozenberg QC (Chair), Legal Commentator and Journalist
The Rt Hon. the Lord Beith, House of Lords
John Cooper QC, 25 Bedford Row
Jenny Earle, Prison Reform Trust
Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, House of Lords, Chair of Justice
Vicky Pryce, Economist and Business Consultant
Join Halsbury’s Law Exchange and their panel of experts as they:
- Examine the way in which female offenders are treated by the sentencing system.
- Consider whether there is a true, principled, case for reform.
- Debate whether or not women ought to be treated differently to men and, if so, how that should be approached.
They will be releasing an accompanying policy paper shortly before the event, which has been written by Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris, which will raise issues for discussion and question the appropriateness of certain proposed reforms.
More details here.
Felicity attending the Female Fraud Forum "Top Women in Law"October 20, 2016
LSNT CPD - 'Effective Use of Social Media in Litigation: Procedure, Evidence and Ethics'July 29, 2016
Social media is an integral part of life in the 21st century yet it remains an uncharted territory for many lawyers. Whether it is a question of jurors twitting mid-trial from the jury box, service of a subpoena through Facebook or ethical considerations, no lawyer should remain unaware of their impact on litigation. While not every case warrants an extensive social media evaluation, it is a beneficial and useful tool in litigation while keeping in mind its ethical and legal pitfalls.
Please click here to view the program.
Sentencing Women & women in prison panel at Oxford UniversityJune 4, 2016
Speaking at Talking Justice in Bendigo on "Justice in an age of global dislocation"May 20, 2016
This year’s line-up of speakers and performers builds on this annual event’s strong foundation of passion, expertise, diversity and respect. And our 2016 program continues to reflect our desire to present alternative visions and to canvas issues from the local to the international. The program encompasses global dislocation, crime and punishment, gender equality and diversity, the creative journey, racism and local and global inequality.
Our moderator for Talking Justice 2016 is Martin Krygier. Martin is the Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, and Co-Director of the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law at the University of NSW.
For more details, click here.
Speaking at Middle Temple Survive & Thrive series - Social Media - What's the point & how to use it successfullyMay 12, 2016
Did you know:
- 77% of the top 100 global companies use Twitter
- 64% of consumers make purchase decision based on social media content
- Social media accounts for 28% of the time people spend online
- 40% of people don't tweet themselves, but watch other people tweet on Twitter
Intrigued? Whether you’re a social media critic or convert, these statistics demonstrate that we’re not maximising the opportunities offered by social media. Is social media understood, as it should be, as a vehicle through which we can build relationships, win business and broaden our knowledge globally? Sadly, we think currently it is not.
You can read more about the event here.
Delighted to present at the JengBA conference hosted by the Centre for Criminal AppealsMay 7, 2016
Presentation on #HumanTrafficking in ASEAN and #FreeMaryJane for Western Pacific Soroptimists in SydneyApril 30, 2016
Speaking on #FGM and the law at “FGM is Everybody’s Business” for @NoFGM_Oz in SydneyApril 29, 2016
Speaking at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney on Death and the Dowry SystemApril 28, 2016
QC Felicity Gerry will give a key note on Women in Law
Dr Kyungja Jung from University of Technology Sydney (Korea and Violence against women)
Moushami Martin from Metro Assist Resource Centre Ashfield
Joint Paper presentation Dr Devaki Monani and QC Felicity Gerry on Gendercide and Dowry System.
Followed by Q&A.
Speaking to Young lawyers in Sydney about the legal implications of the R v Jogee decision on #Jointenterprise in AustraliaApril 27, 2016
In the meantime, read the latest news on the case from @UKSupremeCourt website here.
Speaking on FGM and the law in Adelaide as part of the judicial development program for South Australian MagistratesMarch 18, 2016
Charles Darwin University School of Law Transnational Law workshopMarch 16, 2016
International Women’s Day – Legal Practice for Women Lawyers: ‘Pledge for Parity’March 10, 2016
Joint Enterprise Law Advisory Group Meeting in LondonFebruary 22, 2016
Felicity teaching cyber rights at UWS – Modern history of crime and punishment!December 1, 2015
Felicity will speak at the Feminism in London eventOctober 24, 2015
A masterclass on Special Measures and Vulnerable People in the Civil Courts for The Advocate’s Gateway by Heather Hallett LJ and Felicity Gerry QCOctober 22, 2015
Felicity to speak in the criminal justice breakout session of JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference on human trafficking & joint enterprise murderOctober 12, 2015
Felicity presents at Law Society Northern Territory’s ‘2015 Mental Health Week’ ProgramOctober 5, 2015
Felicity will give a presentation to lawyers from Reprieve on the intersection between human trafficking and drug trafficking in the context of death penalty casesSeptember 23, 2015
Felicity joins keynote panel at the 'Damned Whores and God's Police 40 years on' Conference - University of Technology, SydneySeptember 21, 2015
Felicity speaks to Family Planning NT on Female Genital mutilation under the title: 'FGM is child abuse: International obligations and enforcing the law - Can health professionals succeed where governments fear to tread?'September 7, 2015
Felicity to speak at the midwifery seminar at Charles Darwin UniversityAugust 26, 2015
For details click here.
Felicity is a trainer at Practical Advocacy Workshop 2015 in the NTAugust 7, 2015
Felicity presenting to ANZFSS on science and law – Forensic science at the BarJuly 21, 2015
Planning meeting for Family Violence/FGM conference - Paula Ferrari (No FGM Australia)July 18, 2015
Felicity taking part in FGM eventsJuly 17, 2015
1pm-2pm - Meeting with Minister for Women Gail Gago (SA Gov) on combatting female genital mutilation in Australia
2.30-4pm - Round Table with Prof Freda Briggs, Khadija Gbla(SA Health/ No FGM Australia), Paula Ferrari(No FGM Australia), Cr Marijka Ryan(Campbelltown Council), Sally Cox (No FGM Australia) on strategies for addressing FGM as a child protection issue in Australia
Felicity meeting with Khadija Gbla (SA Health/No FGM Australia) and Paula Ferrari (No FGM Australia)July 16, 2015
Felicity to speak at the CLANT conference in Bali on joint enterprise murderJune 23, 2015
Felicity will attend the 50th Anniversary of Kingston University Law School eventJune 17, 2015
Felicity Gerry QC to speak on achieving the G20 gender equality target at Law ConferenceJune 8, 2015
Felicity teaching at DLSU in ManilaMay 11, 2015
- The intersection between human trafficking and drug trafficking laws (4 hours).
- Global sexual offending – looking at serial sexual offenders and online child abuse – includes issues of uniformity of law and extra territoriality and touches on empowerment of women through legal policy. Also consideration of issues of sentencing (4 hours).
- Global responses in relation to women’s health, including criminal laws on FGM & abortion (4 hours).
Felicity will be at De La Salle University in ManilaMay 10, 2015
1. Human trafficking (saving Mary Jane)
2. Achieving gender equality by tackling exploitation through law.
3. Women's health & the law - FGM & Abortion
To hear more details click here
Visit the De La Salle University website here
Felicity on Q&A panel at UN Youth NT and MyNT Territory Conference 2015 - 'The Death Penalty: State sanctioned murder or a necessary evil?'May 2, 2015
Felicity will be presenting at Law Society Northern Territory CPD entitled 'Let's talk about slaves...Human trafficking: Exposing hidden victims and criminal profit and how lawyers can help end a global epidemic’April 21, 2015
Click Here to Register for this Event
Corrugated Iron performing in Sydney - Felicity is on the Board.April 6, 2015
Felicity to speak on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at an event for Bolt, Burdon and Kemp Solicitors in LondonApril 1, 2015
To read Felicity’s expertise on FGM law click here.
Felicity to chair meeting of The Advocate’s Gateway working party for a toolkit on advocacy for vulnerable witnesses and parties in civil and commercial proceedingsApril 1, 2015
Felicity to speak at the Centre for Conflicts, Rights and Justice on the Face Veil in courtMarch 30, 2015
Nottingham Trent University
Felicity will speak to NT Young Lawyers on the death penaltyMarch 24, 2015
Felicity with be in Bali with the team assisting Tony De Malmanche & she will be advising Lindsay Sandiford for ReprieveMarch 2, 2015
Felicity to speak at the The Gendered Violence Research Network inaugural Asia-Pacific conference on Domestic Violence in East TimorFebruary 10, 2015
The GVRN conference aims to facilitate the exchange of perspectives, ideas and strategies between countries, regions and sectors, and will focus on the following themes:
- Investigating psycho-social, therapeutic and prevention interventions for gendered violence and violations
- Engaging with policy and legal responses to gendered violence and violations
- Exploring conceptualisations and representations of gendered violence and violations
Full information here and here.
Felicity to speak at The CPDP Conference in Brussels on data and privacy issues in human traffickingJanuary 23, 2015
The CPDP Conference is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 8th edition of CPDP will be held on 21-23 January 2015 in Brussels.
CPDP 2015 will stage more than 60 panels and workshops with a stimulating mix of academics, practitioners, regulators and advocates, as well as multiple side events such as open debates, PechaKucha performances and artistic interventions.
Full details here
Felicity to join panel event on reproductive rightsNovember 24, 2014
Book launch for Sexual Offences Handbook Second Edition at Wildy’s Book Shop, LondonNovember 19, 2014
Felicity to speak at IARS international conference “A Victim Led Criminal Justice system” at Middle Temple, LondonNovember 19, 2014
The Abstract of her paper:
Vulnerable witnesses – an Advocate’s trial.
The MOJ has released a report on ways to reduce distress of victims in trials of sexual violence and announced proposals to accredit advocates who have to cross examine vulnerable witnesses. Vulnerable witnesses in criminal trials can be victims, other witnesses and defendants. The process needs to be fair and all parties need to be able to give their best evidence. Research over the last decade by the Advocate’s Gateway has demonstrated that trials involving vulnerable witnesses and suspects need to be approached in a developmentally appropriate and effective way by all parties and the judiciary. This applies throughout the trial Proper presentation of cases involving vulnerable people involves the provisions of special measures which might include; picture boards for witnesses with limited communication; or signers for deaf defendants; or pre-recorded video interviews for children giving evidence.
I prosecuted a recent child rape trial at Lincoln Crown Court which was held to be fair where the child did not come to court at all. Inconsistencies can be agreed on paper and the jury can receive proper directions on the law on how to approach statements made out of court. Training in this area, of both judges and advocates, is vital. If everyone does their job properly, judges need not intervene at all. Several of us at the Advocate’s Gateway have pioneered the sensitive approach to be taken, particularly in cases involving sexual offending. A well prepared examination in chief or cross examination can effectively challenge the evidence of a witness and show it to be wrong without the witness having to be bullied or humiliated by the experience. It can be done with dignity and respect, whether the witness is the alleged victim or the accused. The approach to such cases needs to be balanced and collaborative. It is not a lawyer bashing exercise nor is it an opportunity for judges to become autocratic or enter the arena. It really is time to recognise that people with vulnerabilities and disabilities can be assisted to fully participate in the trial process without in any way compromising the effectiveness of the advocate or the fairness of a trial for an accused person.
Felicity will be in China to represent the School of Law at Charles Darwin University at the 4TH SINO-AUSTRALIAN LAW DEANS’ CONFERENCE – 28th to 29th September 2014
Felicity will deliver a paper on the topic Options for implementing a co-operative program (or programs) for cultivating distinguished legal talents in China and Australia and the role of technology in facilitating those programs.
Felicity Gerry QC to host the televised section of the Gender Equality Policy Forum for the G20 Summit in Canberra – Wednesday 24th September at 4pm
The public session will be televised by the Australian Public Affairs Channel . Topics will include the following:
- What has the latest research told us about the relationship between female participation in formal employment and GDP?
- What progress has the G20 made and what more can G20 members do?
- What should be the response to responsibilities for unpaid care work and time use issues?
Listen to the podcast of Senator Cash’s speech here.
Felicity will deliver a video recorded speech at the UK Midwifery Conference on FGM and the Law – 15th September 2014
Felicity will be in Cambodia conducting research on transnational organised crime in the context of human trafficking and taking part in the Hagar Justice Tour – 5th to 10th September 2014
Felicity delivered a speech on mentoring young lawyers at NTWLA event – 8th August 2014
Felicity will speak at the East Timor premiere of the Not My Life Movie on lawyers duties to trafficked victims in East Timor at the joint conference to be held by NTBA in association with Charles Darwin University Law School – 7th July 2014
Felicity will be presenting a workshop “LGBT: Legal Reform after Sochi” as part of the Human Rights Forum at the 3rd Asia Pacific Out Games in Darwin, Australia – 14 – 16th May 2014
To see the highlighting of homophobic violence at harassment at Sochi by Human Rights Watch click here
To sign the petition “Sochi: Equality is not a game” click here
Felicity will be speaking at the Defining the Sensor Society Conference at the University of Queensland, Australia – 8 – 9th May 2014
The title of her paper is ‘The Rule of Law online: You can’t steal cakes that Google haven’t baked’. Hosted in conjunction with the TC Beirne School of Law, this multi-disciplinary conference explores theoretical, empirical, legal and historical approaches to the sensor society.
Felicity to speak on Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery at the Not My Life Screening Event in Sydney, Australia at an event jointly hosted by Network, Hillel and Encounters to raise awareness and spark conversation surrounding this topic – 3rd April 2014
The layout of the event will be a movie screening of ‘Not My Life’ followed by 2 speakers and then a question and answer section.
Felicity will attend the launch of the Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity special issue ‘Woman and Violence’ – March 2014
Look out for her paper: Female Genital Mutilation, the failure of international obligations and how to end an abusive cultural tradition”
Felicity will be speaking at the Honor Diaries Screening in Darwin, Australia on International Women’s Day – 8th March 2014
The Honor Diaries aims to be more than a movie – it is an international movement to save women and girls from human rights abuses.
Honour based violence is a violent crime or incident committed to protect or defend the honour of a family or community. Victims of honour violence are usually targeted because their behavior violates cultural or religious norms and is seen to bring shame onto the family or community.
Felicity will be in London for the FGM report launch in Westminster – January 2014
She will also be in court in London and Leeds
Watch Felicity on the Channel 4 documentary – The Cruel Cut, on Wednesday 6th November as part of the campaign to end the practice of female genital mutilation.
Felicity will present a CPD Event for CLANT on the 5th of September 2013 at William Forster Chambers, Darwin, Australia on the vexing issues surrounding vulnerable witnesses and vulnerable defendants
It is anticipated that the event will be live linked to Alice Springs.
Catch Felicity defending a mock trial at Charles Darwin University open day on the 25th of August 2013
Explore the vast opportunities at CDU, learn about cutting-edge research and discover study options available to suit your needs – on campus or online from home.
Bring the family and enjoy the entertainment, competitions, food, presentations, workshops and informative displays.
The day will provide something for everyone including:
- Campus tours
- Trades and Hospitality demonstrations
- Workshops and Interactive displays
- Mini Seminars
- Food, competitions and entertainment
- Study information
Felicity to take part in panel discussion on FGM after Integrate Bristol “My Normal Life” Play – 29th June
‘My Normal Life’ is a touching and thought provoking play written by young people largely, but not exclusively, from fgm affected communities. It looks at the causes and effects of different forms of vawg, with several unexpected comical twists.
— Lisa Zimmermann (@LisaZimmermann3) May 30, 2013
Felicity attending the LexisNexis Author Party, Royal Opera House – 26th June
Felicity speaking at the Minority Lawyers’ Seminar – Career development and social – 18th June
The seminar will look at the use of social media in relation to building your career, and will be chaired by Gelaga King, Chair of the MLC Planning Group.
Launch of the Vulnerable Witness Project: The Advocates Gateway – 26th April 2013
Felicity is pleased to accept an invitation from The Advocacy Training Council to a reception to launch the Vulnerable Witness Project: The Advocates Gateway. The keynote speaker will be Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP. For further details of the event and the Vulnerable witness toolkit click here
Launch of the Women’s Room at Broadcasting House – 23rd April 2013
Felicity is pleased to accept an invitation from Caroline Criado-Perez to the launch of the Women’s Room at Broadcasting House. The women’s Room is a website dedicated to sourcing media-friendly female experts. For more information click here
Felicity at a Bar Council meeting – 20th April 2013
In her role as the junior member of the Bar Council for the South Eastern Circuit, Felicity will be attending a Bar Council meeting. If you have any issues you would like her to raise please contact her.
Felicity Gerry speaking at Midlands Asian Lawyers Association – 19th April 2013
Felicity will be speaking on 2 topics (1) Acquittals for trafficked clients and (2) Social Media and Crime
For event details, see here
Felicity will be attending the Middle Temple Women’s Forum the Forum – 17th April 2013
The Forum was set up in 2011 as a way of supporting and inspiring women practitioners and judges through the course of their careers. Lord Sumption will be speaking on judicial diversity. His Law Reform speech in November is here. Felicity’s views are here and here.
For details of the event click here
Felicity Gerry speaking at the South Eastern Circuit CPS Rape List Accredited Sexual Offences Training Course – Saturday 24 November 2012
On Saturday 24 November, the Circuit will be laying on a qualifying course for those members who have had no recent opportunity to attend an approved training course in rape or serious sexual assault. Felicity will be speaking on restrictions on questioning rape complainants and admissibility of hearsay evidence in relation to a traumatised child. Other Experts in the field will be speaking on topics such as vulnerable witnesses and witness care and sentencing in sexual cases.
The Association of Women Barristers lecture series – 7th November 2012
Felicity will be speaking under the title “Female Genital Mutilation – time for the first prosecution?
The Bar Council – Managing Career Breaks Seminar 16th November 2012
Felicity will be the keynote speaker at this annual event which is part of the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity Training programme
See Felicity’s article in The Guardian about life at the Bar here
SOAS on Human Trafficking – 29th October 2012
Felicity will be speaking at SOAS on human trafficking where there will also be a showing of a 32 minute version of “Not My Life” that is about to be released.
— GarySlapper (@garyslapper) October 25, 2012
Combating Corruption in a Global Environment – Halsbury’s Law Exchange in Association with Eversheds 17th July 2012
Midlands Society of Asian Lawyers CPD events – 2009 to 2011
Guest speaker at Society of Asian Lawyers criminal Law conferences – focus on evidence of children, hate crime, murder defences and judicial review.
“I can say as Vice Chair of the Midlands Society of Asian Lawyers that Miss Gerry has delivered brilliant seminars to our members for the last three years. Her teaching and advice is clear, unambiguous and practical. We have some members who are foreign lawyers, who don’t have first hand experience of the English Legal system, and they have commented that Miss Gerry’s explanation of complex legal issues were simple to understand, easy to follow and beautifully delivered”.
Amar Mehta, Director ZMS Solicitors and Vice Chair MSAL
Serious sexual offences seminar for 36 Bedford Row in association with Crown Prosecution Service – 2011
Delivering paper on the law in relation to questioning rape complainants.
First Law Training Academy – Criminal Law update 2011
Forensic Science Society Conference and AGM -2010
Speaking about how the CJS deals with violent and sexual offending by and against children.
To Iraq and Beyond – 2008 and 2009 various universities
International law and procedure with live links to Khmer Rouge defence team and Rwandan Genocide defence counsel – speaking on rape as a war crime.
From Promise to Provision – psychiatric conference -2008
NHS National Deaf. Services conference. Speaking on special arrangements for deaf witnesses and defendants.
Corporate Manslaughter – for the Open University -2008
Admissibility of business records and company history.