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    • 22 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Federal Court - Court Room 1, Level 21 Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney
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    The Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Law Joint Symposium

    A "hypothetical" on Climate Change: the Science and the Law

    Registrations for this event have now exceeded the capacity of the venue, Therefore, unfortunately, we are not able to accept any further registrations.

    Please accept our apologies



    • 31 Aug 2019
    • Australian Academy of Law

    The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2019.

    The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Accordingly, judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are all eligible to submit an essay.

    The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

    The essay topic for the Prize in 2019 is as follows:

    How do private law and public law interact in Australia? What are, and what should be, the available remedies (public or private or both) where they Interact?                                      

    The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2019 and this time limit is strictly observed, as the Rules Governing the Annual Essay Prize make clear.

    Please find attached the Essay Cover Page with further instructions on how to submit an essay.

    • 04 Sep 2019
    • Melbourne

    Speaker:  Sir Nicholas Blake

    Time and Date: 5:00pm, Wednesday 4 September 2019

    Venue: Court One (Level 8), Federal Court of Australia, 305 William Street, Melbourne

    Sir Nicholas Blake joined Matrix as a founder member in May 2000 and became its first chair until 2002. He was appointed a Recorder in 2000; a Deputy High Court Judge in 2002 and became a Bencher of the Middle Temple in the same year.

    In December 2005 he was appointed by the Minister of Defence to review the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four young trainees at Deepcut barracks, Surrey resulting in the publication of the Deepcut Review in April 2007.

    He specialised in public law, criminal justice, human rights, immigration and asylum and private international law. He has written and spoken in the UK and internationally on these topics.

    In 2007 he was appointed a High Court Judge of the Queens Bench Division and assigned to the Administrative Court.

    He served as the first President of the newly created Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the United Kingdom Upper Tribunal from February 2010 and served until October 2013.

    From January 2014 until May 2017 he represented the judiciary of England and Wales on the International Association of Judges and its regional affiliate the European Association of Judges. Over the same period he has been a member of the Franco British Irish Judicial Colloque.

    He retired from the judiciary in October 2017 although will continue to serve as a Deputy High Court Judge. 

    Fellows of the Academy and Full Time Students may register free of charge.

    Others are able to register for $25 including GST.

    Please see the attached flyer for further information.

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • Darwin

    Speaker: Ms Elizabeth Broderick AO

    Time and date: 5pm, Thursday 19 September 2019

    Venue: Nitmiluk Lounge Level 4, Parliament House, Darwin

    Elizabeth has brought together captains of Industry, Sport, Governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.

    As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.

    Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms.

    She established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.

    Please see attached flyer for further information

    Please RSVP by Friday 13 September 2019
    E  CDUEvents@cdu.edu.au
    T  08 8946 6554
    This event may count as MCLE/CPD points.

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • ACT, 5pm


    This is a Member only event


    The Solicitor-General, Dr Stephen Donaghue QC

    Dr Donaghue is a graduate of The University of Melbourne, where he obtained degrees in Arts and Law and received the Supreme Court Prize as the top graduate in Law in 1995. He also holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford University. Dr Donaghue joined the Victorian Bar in 2001, prior to which he was an Associate to Justice Hayne of the High Court of Australia.

    He took silk in 2011. Dr Donaghue appears regularly before the High Court most often in matters concerning constitutional and administrative law and provides advice to the Commonwealth on matters of national importance.

    Date: Thursday 19 September 2019

    Time: 17.00 to 18.30

    Place: High Court of Australia (Registration is necessary)

    Non-ACT AAL members in Canberra at this time most welcome

    Please register by Monday 16 September 2019

    Please see the attached flyer for further information. 

    • 31 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Brisbane

    The Australian Academy of Law's Eighth Annual Patron’s Address will be delivered by The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and Patron of the Australian Academy of Law. The address will discuss the purposes for which the AAL was founded. 

    The Eighth Annual Patron's Address will be held at Banco Court, Level 3, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane. 

    Please register by Monday 28 October 2019

    Please see the attached flyer for further information. 


Past events

09 May 2019 Members only - How Government Should Best Get its Legal Advice
02 Apr 2019 Members Only - A Day in the Life of a Federal Court Judge
25 Mar 2019 The Hayne Royal Commission: Implications for Lawyers?
01 Mar 2019 The Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University
15 Jan 2019 A Tale of Two Ships: the Tampa and the Afghan
29 Nov 2018 Islands and their Entitlements
28 Nov 2018 Book Launch: The Future of Australian Legal Education
27 Nov 2018 Overcoming Non-Financial Barriers to Access to Justice
22 Nov 2018 Postponed Cruise Ship Passengers and Australian Law – Contracts, Consumer Protection, Convention?
08 Nov 2018 Criminal Law fit for a continent? I don't think so.
18 Oct 2018 Patron's Address - Back to the Future? How Local History, Customs and Traditions are Still Shaping Our Legal Orders
11 Oct 2018 Emerging Scholars Evening
04 Oct 2018 Litigation Funding: Access and Ethics
02 Oct 2018 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Are we Asking Too Much of the International Criminal Court?'
17 Sep 2018 Eighth Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance - 'Free Speech and the Law on Campus'
23 Aug 2018 Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Law Joint Symposium
26 Jul 2018 Overcoming Financial Barriers to Access to Justice
27 Jun 2018 Members Only Event: Eyes on the Spies
30 Apr 2018 Access to Justice: The Breadth of the Concept of Justice
15 Mar 2018 Public Lecture - 'The Federal Court and The Constitution'
29 Nov 2017 'Rationality and reason in administrative law – would a roll of the dice be just as good?'
20 Nov 2017 How to be ethical in the practice of the law: can it be taught?
01 Nov 2017 'The Rule of Law in a Post Truth Environment'
23 Oct 2017 'Corporations and Corporate Insolvency Jurisdiction of the Federal Court – From Passer-by to Chameleon Lodger'
25 Sep 2017 Patron's Address - 'The International Court of Justice as a Working Court'
19 Sep 2017 Seventh Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance - 'Making detention safe and humane: can we grasp a once-in-a-generation opportunity?'
17 Jul 2017 'Bringing Science, Technology and Law Together to Solve the Illegal Fishing Challenge'
20 Jun 2017 Ethics in the practice of law: a profession, a business or both?
04 Apr 2017 An Ethics Hypothetical - the gap between what the community expects and what the law and its personnel and institutions can deliver
08 Feb 2017 Australian Academy of Law Public Lecture
10 Nov 2016 Australian Academy of Law 2016 Symposium

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