A rare insight into life on the bench: The Hon Michael Kirby delivers public lecture at UWS

The Hon. Michael Kirby

Dean of the School of Law, Professor Michael Adams; The Hon Michael Kirby; and Director of the Whitlam Institute, Eric Sidoti


Retired High Court judge, The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, will deliver a public lecture on Monday 17 September and give a rare, personal insight into his time on the bench.

Media are invited to attend the lecture, which will see The Hon Michael Kirby discuss his experiences during his time at the High Court, and their relevance to first-year students of Law Foundation at the University of Western Sydney.

Dean of the UWS School of Law, Professor Michael Adams, says the University is pleased to have The Hon Michael Kirby speak at UWS.

"The Hon Michael Kirby has a reputation as an eloquent and powerful orator, having given a vast number of speeches over his career on a diverse range of topics," says Professor Adams.

"Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to have had him deliver public lectures on contemporary issues at UWS."

In 2009, the University acknowledged its relationship with The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG by appointing him as Adjunct Professor to the School of Law.

Professor Michael Head, from the UWS School of Law, says the lecture will address issues such as law's interface with logic, science, ethics, economics, politics and controversial current topics.

"The Hon Michael Kirby will discuss the role of a judge in this challenging context."

WHAT: School of Law Public Lecture 'What is it like to be a Justice of the High Court?'

WHEN: Monday 17 September, 2012 at 5.00pm to 6.30pm

WHERE: Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium, Building EE, UWS Parramatta campus, Victoria Road,James Ruse Drive, Parramatta, NSW, Australia

Note to media: Media are encouraged to contact the UWS Media Unit ahead of the event to confirm their attendance.


17 September 2012

Contact: Kristy Gleeson, Media Officer