In Conversation with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Free Public Lecture
David P. Derham Theatre
Level 1, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053
T: 9035 1111
The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG will be in conversation with Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School.
Pre-lecture reception – 6.30 - 7.00 pm
Free Public Lecture – 7.00 – 8.00 pm
The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG was Australia's longest serving judge when he retired from the High Court in 2009. He was also the Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.
Professor Carolyn Evans is Dean of Melbourne Law School. Carolyn has degrees in Arts and Law from Melbourne University and a doctorate from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and where she held a stipendiary lectureship for two years before returning to Melbourne in 2000.
Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School
Professor Carolyn Evans
Dean of Melbourne Law School
Melbourne Law School
Professor Carolyn Evans is Dean of Melbourne Law School. Carolyn has degrees in Arts and Law from Melbourne University and a doctorate from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and where she held a stipendiary lectureship for two years before returning to Melbourne in 2000. She worked for a period as a lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron after graduating from Melbourne. In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow at American and Emory Universities to examine questions of comparative religious freedom.Carolyn is the author of Religious Freedom under the European Court of Human Rights (OUP 2001) and coauthor of Australian Bills of Rights: The Law of the Victorian Charter and the ACT Human Rights Act (LexisNexis 2008). She is coeditor of Religion and International Law (1999, Kluwer); Mixed Blessings: Laws, Religions and Women's Rights in the AsiaPacific Region (2006 Martinus Nijhoff) and Law and Religion in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (CUP 2008). She is an internationally recognised expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion and has spoken on these topics in the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Greece, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Nepal and Australia.
The Honourable Michael Kirby
When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (197584). Later, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal to the Solomon Islands. His appointment to the High Court came in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was twice Acting Chief Justice of Australia. In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (198493). He also served on many national and international bodies. Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (198892); President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (19958); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (19936); a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (19952005); a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007) and a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 20092010. He also serves as EditorinChief of The Laws of Australia. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded many honorary doctorates. In 2010, he was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize. He was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group (201011) which was investigating the future of the Commonwealth of Nations; and has been appointed to the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law (201012). In 2010, he was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank). In 2013 he was appointed a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health (201314). Later in 2013 he was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council pursuant to a resolution of the Council, to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (201314). Between 201314 he was chair of the UN Human Rights Council's commission of inquiry on North Korea (DPRK). Between 201516 he served as a member of the UN Secretary General's highlevel panel on access to essential healthcare.