‘Collective’ movie screening and panel discussion

Join ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) and ANU Film Group in the movie screening of Collective (2019).

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with eminent legal experts and academics. Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, Director of ANU LRSJ; John Griffin, Former Australian Ambassador to Greece, Bulgaria and Romania; and Dr Judith Healy, ANU Menzies Centre for Health Governance will discuss the themes in the film.


About the movie:

The synopsis reads like that of a thriller: a deadly night club fire, burn victims dying from wounds that weren’t initially life-threatening, the death of the head of a pharmaceutical company, and the resignation of a health minister, all within weeks of each other. But Collective is in fact a documentary about a team of investigative journalists who uncover massive health care fraud in the wake of the devastating 2015 fire at the Colectiv club in Bucharest, Romania.

It is an uncompromising film that follows journalists, whistleblowers, victims, and government officials to demonstrate the impact that investigative journalists and an independent press can have. Collective has won over 20 awards and was nominated for two Academy Awards this year: Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film.

The event is finished.


07 Aug 2021


5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


  • Associate Professor Matthew Zagor
    Associate Professor Matthew Zagor
    Associate Professor, Director of Law Reform and Social Justice

    Associate Professor Matthew Zagor has 20 years’ experience as a human rights advocate, practitioner and scholar. His research is characterised by its transdisciplinary approach and diversity, with recent publications covering comparative constitutional law, the legal ‘recognition’ of refugee narrative identities, the ‘humanity’ turn of international law, and perspectives of legality amongst Israeli soldiers. His current research applies theories of political theology to the legal construction of the border, and the Australian judiciary’s approach to human rights treaty obligations.

    Matthew’s most recent research considers how liberal notions of autonomy, authenticity and redemption inform legal and political constructions of the refugee. His current project uses these concepts to explore state sovereignty and border control.

    Before joining academia, Matthew worked in community law, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, and as a Member on the Migration / Refugee Review Tribunal. He remains actively involved in law reform and public policy, making regular submissions to Parliamentary inquiries, commenting publicly on refugee policy, and sitting on the Advisory Committee of the ALRC’s Freedoms Inquiry.

    Matthew is an Adjunct Fellow at the ANU Centre for European Studies, and Editor of the Australian Yearbook of International Law. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the LSE Centre for Human Rights and Society and the University of Grenoble’s Centre for International Security and European Cooperation, and in 2013 participated in the prestigious Michigan Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law. Matthew speaks regularly on refugee-related matters in Australia and overseas.

  • Dr Judith Healy
    Dr Judith Healy

    Dr Judith Healy has a degree in Arts from Adelaide University, a masters degree in social work from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA, and a PhD in health sciences from La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has worked on social and health policy areas in Australia, the United States and Europe, and joined the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance in September 2004.

    Her extensive experience includes community work with Aboriginal communities in Australia, hospital social work, road accident research, and she was a lecturer in social administration at the Flinders University of South Australia. In Europe, she conducted health and social services research at Policy Studies Institute in London, and researched health systems and policies for the European Observatory on Health Care Systems and Policies, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, employed by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

    Upon returning to Australia, she directed an Australian National University AusAID-funded program, in collaboration with Mahidol University in Thailand, running training courses for senior public servants in SE Asia. Judith has been a consultant for the World Health Organisation Geneva, the Western Pacific Office of the World Health Organisation, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) the World Bank, the British Council, and the Ford Foundation, and a board member of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

    Her research in recent years has focused upon the regulation of health care systems, particularly governance strategies to improve the safety and quality of health care for patients, and responses to complaints by patients to health care ombudsmen. Her second main research area is the analysis of health care systems and health policy issues in countries in the Asia Pacific area.

  • John Griffin

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