School of Law and Justice Annual Michael Kirby Lecture Series

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMGEach year Southern Cross University and the School of Law and Justice hold the Michael Kirby Lecture, which features a keynote address by a prominent person in the areas of law, human rights, social policy or justice.

The lecture series is named after Australia's most iconic judge, The Hon Michael Kirby. When he retired from the High Court in 2009, Mr Kirby was Australia's longest serving judge. He has remained active in retirement. He has served as the President of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at 12 universities, including Southern Cross University.

Keynote presenters:

2018: Keynote address by Ms Sue Higginson, public interest environmental lawyer, the former CEO and Principal Solicitor of EDO NSW. Sue is a graduate of the School of Law and Justice, and celebrated alumnus.

2017: Keynote address by Ms Raelene Webb QC, President, National Native Title Tribunal.

2016: Mr Walter Sofronoff, Queen's Counsel. Lecture topic: The Doctrine of the Separation of Powers in Australia.

2015: Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission since 2009.  Lecture topic: Re-imagining law reform - Michael Kirby's vision, human rights and the Australian Law Reform Commission in the 21st century.

2014: The Hon John Dowd AO QC, Chancellor of Southern Cross University

2013: Professor Megan Davis, Director, Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales

2012: The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Member for Wentworth since 2004

2011: Associate Professor Thomas Faunce, bioethics scholar, Australian National University since 2003

2010: The Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC, President of the Court of Appeal for the Supreme Court of Queensland since 1998. She was the first woman appointed to this role. 

2009: Professor Adrien Wing, human rights scholar and lawyer, University of Iowa since 1987

2008: Pamela Tate SC, the first woman appointed to the position of Solicitor-General in Victoria, 2003 - 2010

2007: The Hon Michael Kirby