Supreme Court of Victoria Commercial Law Conference

The Supreme Court of Victoria Commercial Law Conference is a joint initiative of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne Law School and the Law School's Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. Held annually since 2009, past speakers include judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria, leading academics in commercial law and prominent practitioners and barristers in commercial litigation. The Conference brings together the best of the legal community to reflect and interact on current issues in commercial law.

2016 Supreme Court of Victoria Commercial Law Conference

Date: Thursday 13 October 2016

Venue: Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William St, Melbourne

Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm (Drinks 5 -  7 pm) 

Cost: $220 (incl GST)






The Hon Justice Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Victoria, and

Professor Matthew Harding, Deputy Dean, Melbourne Law School




“From oligarchs to insider traders – does commercial litigation tick the boxes?”

Speaker:  The Rt Hon Lady Justice Elizabeth Gloster DBE, Court of Appeal England & Wales

Commentator:  Mr Phillip Crutchfield QC, Barrister

Chair:  The Hon Justice John Digby




“Contractual ambiguity:  an answer in search of a question?”

Speaker:  The Hon Justice Ruth McColl AO, Supreme Court of New South Wales Court of Appeal

Commentator:  Mr David O’Callaghan QC, Barrister

Chair: The Hon Justice Maree Kennedy




“The resurgence of litigation in international commercial disputes”

Speaker:   Professor Richard Garnett, Melbourne Law School

Commentator:  Ms Helen Tiplady, Barrister

Chair:   Professor Ian Ramsay


Refreshments in the Supreme Court Library

For details about speakers, see Conference Program

View Conference Paper by Prof Richard Garnett

Past Conferences

The Supreme Court of Victoria 2015 Commercial Law Conference (7 September 2015)

Speakers: Justice James Edelman, Federal Court of Australia; Wendy Harris QC, Barrister; Dr Pamela Hanrahan, Melbourne Law School; Paul Anastassiou QC; Belinda Thompson, Partner, Allens; the Hon Justice Ross Robson

View 2015 Conference program

The Supreme Court of Victoria 2014 Commercial Law Conference (9 October 2014)

Speakers: Neil Young QC; The Hon Associate Justice Mark Derham; The Hon Justice John Digby; Jon Webster, Partner, Allens Linklaters; Professor Ian Ramsay; Paul Anastassiou QC; Professor Elise Bant; Philip Crutchfield QC; The Hon Justice James Elliott.

View 2014 Conference program

The Supreme Court of Victoria 2013 Commercial Law Conference (9 September 2013)

Speakers: Professor Sarah Worthington, University of Cambridge; the Hon. Justice Marcia Neave AO, Supreme Court of Victoria; the Hon. John Doyle AC QC, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia; the Hon. Ray Finkelstein QC, former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia; Dr Sue McNicol SC, Victorian Bar; the Hon. Justice Tim Ginnnane, Supreme Court of Victoria

View 2013 Conference program

The Supreme Court of Victoria 2012 Commercial Law Conference (10 December 2012)

Speakers: The Hon Keith Mason AC QC, former President of the NSW Court of Appeal; The Hon Justice Marcia Neave AO, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, Foundation Chairperson of the Victorian Law Reform Commission; Ken Adams, Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills; The Hon Justice David Beach, Supreme Court of Victoria; Joseph Santamaria QC; Stephen McLeish SC, Solicitor-General for Victoria; The Hon Justice Kim Hargrave, Supreme Court of Victoria.

View 2012 Conference program

The Supreme Court of Victoria 2011 Commercial Law Conference (15 August 2011)

Speakers: Dr Robert Austin, Minter Ellison; Jon Webster, Allens Arthur Robinson; Neil Young QC, Victorian Bar; Associate Professor Ann O'Connell, University of Melbourne; Professor Deborah Hensler, Stanford Law School; The Hon Justice Bernard Murphy, Federal Court of Australia; The Hon Justice James Judd, Supreme Court of Victoria.

View 2011 Conference program

The Supreme Court of Victoria 2010 Commercial Law Conference (13 August 2010)

Speakers: Alan Archibald QC, Victorian Bar; Tony D'Aloisio, ASIC; The Hon Justice James Judd, The Supreme Court of Victoria; Sandra Mayerson, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP; Leon Zwier, Arnold Bloch Leibler; Professor Camille Cameron, Melbourne Law School.

View 2010 Conference program

The Supreme Court of Victoria Inaugural 2009 Commercial Law Conference (12 November 2009)

Speakers: Mark Moshinsky SC, Victorian Bar; Allan J Myers AO QC, Victorian Bar; The Hon Justice Tony Pagone, Supreme Court of Victoria; Professor Ian Ramsay, Melbourne Law School; Jon Webster, Allens Arthur Robinson.

View 2009 Conference program