Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA is Chancellor and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and - from 1988-96 - Foreign Minister. From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.
He has written or edited, singly or jointly, 13 books – including Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (MUP 2017), Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (ANU 2015), Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (MUP 2014) and The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All (Brookings Institution, 2009).
He has a number of national and international awards, including from the governments of Chile and South Africa, and was cited by Foreign Policy magazine in 2011 as one of the ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ for that year. He was awarded the 2010 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Freedom from Fear prize for his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect concept and his contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament.