How much more remarkable could the US presidential election become? A global pandemic, a president stricken with the disease, American cities ablaze in protest, the death of a Supreme Court justice and the fierce battle to replace her, the most risible presidential debate in American history, economic depression and a culture in crisis.

Facing an election like no other, we have brought together a group of leading US politics experts to debate the central issues of the campaign as they unfold. In dynamic conversation with the University of Melbourne’s Tim Lynch, guests will offer a window into the key pressure points of American politics and what they could mean for Australia and the world.

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Episode 2: Professor Roger A. Fairfax Jr. in conversation with Associate Professor Tim Lynch

Professor Roger A. Fairfax Jr. (The George Washington University, Washington DC) joins Tim to discuss criminal justice reform, race, and policing issues at play during the 2020 campaign.

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. is Professor of Law, the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor, and Founding Director of the Criminal Law & Policy Initiative at the George Washington University (Washington DC).

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All sessions will be held 12.30pm-1.15pm on Zoom. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and reminder by email one hour before each session.

  • Thursday, 29 October: Associate Professor Tom Daly (Melbourne School of Government, the University of Melbourne) joins Tim to unpack the possible global consequences of the impending vote.
  • Thursday, 5 November: Guest panellists return to discuss the outcome of the election.

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Tim Lynch

About Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch is Associate Professor in American Politics and the Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. His latest book, In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump (Cambridge, 2020), has been called ‘a cogent, graceful, provocative account’ of its subject. His other books include Turf War: the Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2004) and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (Routledge, 2013).

Our guest panellists

Andrea Carson
Associate Professor Andrea Carson

Andrea Carson is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University. She is a political scientist and a trained journalist. Her latest book is 'Investigative Journalism, Democracy and the Digital Age' (Routledge, 2020). Her research examines the intersection between politics and the media - with special interests in investigative journalism, the media's role in democracies and political communication. Associate Professor Carson worked as a Political Scientist at the University of Melbourne from 2014-2018.

Professor Roger Fairfax
Professor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. is Professor of Law, the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor, and Founding Director of the Criminal Law & Policy Initiative at the George Washington University (Washington DC). Professor Fairfax teaches courses in criminal law, constitutional and adjudicatory criminal procedure, criminal litigation, prosecutorial and criminal defence ethics, and seminars on the grand jury, white-collar criminal investigations, criminal defence, and criminal justice policy. He conducts research on discretion in the criminal process, the grand jury, prosecutorial ethics, and criminal justice policy and reform.

Associate Professor Tom Daly
Associate Professor Tom Daly

Tom Daly is Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne School of Government, Director of the global online research platform Democratic Decay & Renewal (DEM-DEC), and a member of the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal (ICDR). As well as extensive experience in the university sector (at Melbourne, Edinburgh and Copenhagen universities), Tom has worked in a variety of roles in government and international organisations, including running the Office of the Chief Justice of Ireland for over 6 years, managing a $5m Council of Europe judicial reform project in Turkey, and working on democratic reforms and human rights projects in states including Ireland, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Uzbekistan.

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