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Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG Australia

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG Australia was appointed to the High Court of Australia, the country’s most superior appellate court, in 1996 and when he retired in 2009, was Australia’s longest serving judge. Armed with numerous honorary doctorates, a passion for social justice and with years of experience in senior roles at the UN, World Bank, and World Health Organisation (WHO), Mr has in recent years become a prominent advocate of animal welfare. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Gruber Justice Prize and in 2013 he was appointed Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia.

Arnja Dale

Dr Arnja Dale is the Chief Scientific Officer for the SPCA. Previously she was a Senior Academic in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science at Unitec, where she was the Programme Director of the Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations and also taught animal behaviour, animal welfare science and ethics for the Bachelor of Applied Science. Arnja is also the Chair of First Strike and Chair of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council. She shares her home with her husband, three children and two cats.