October 2, 2005, Washington, DC

The Honorable Australian High Court Justice Michael Kirby Joins the USCAA Board of Directors 

USCAA announced today that the honorable Australian supreme court Justice Michael Kirby has accepted an invitation to join its Board of Directors. This is an very exciting day for USCAA, said Dr. Richard Y. Zhao, president of USCAA. "Hon Justice Kirby has been a very strong advocate in the international community for fighting HIV/AIDS at the global level. His joining to the USCAA board undoubtly will move USCAA to a different level in its effort to fighting China's HIV/AIDS epidemic".  Justice Kirby was the original Global Commission on AIDS of the World Health Organisation.  He has served on numerous Expert Groups of UNAIDS.  Presently, he serves as a Member of the Global Panel of UNAIDS on AIDS and Human Rights.  He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction within Indiana University in the United States. Justice Kirby is one of the seven Justices of the High Court of Australia, Australia's highest constitutional and general appellate court. He has served in various judicial offices in Australia since 1974 and is now Australia's second longest-serving judge. In addition to his national responsibilities, Justice Kirby has served on a number of international bodies.  He was Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-8); and a Member of the International Labor Organisation Panel on South Africa (1992-3).  More recently, he has served as a Member of the International Bioethics of UNESCO (1997-2005) and the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organisation (1999-2005). Justice Kirby is aged 66 and is an Australian citizen.

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