Executive and Legislative Power in the Implementation of Intergovernmental Agreements
Free Public Lecture
The David P Derham Lecture Theatre
185 Pelham Street
The proliferation of intergovernmental agreements raises questions about their effect on Commonwealth legislative and executive powers, and the position of the states in the Federation.
This is a Sir Anthony Mason Honorary Lecture with the Honourable Justice Robert French.
The Sir Anthony Mason Honorary Lecture is a calendar highlight for the University's Law Student Society. It was inaugurated in 1995, the year of Sir Anthony Mason's retirement as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.
The lecture serves to celebrate Sir Anthony Mason's outstanding contribution to the legal profession and the common law of Australia, as well as offering the opportunity for Law School students to meet and hear from those who have helped to shape the law as we study it. It provides a substantial contribution to legal debate within the Law School, as well as inspiration and insight to many students.
The lecture discusses a pertinent and sometimes controversial issue within the legal and social community. As a result, it cultivates debate and is expected to attract a large and enthusiastic audience.
The Honourable Robert French
**Robert French** was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 1 September 2008 and retired from that office on 29 January 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia in science and law. He was admitted in 1972 and practised as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia until 1983 when he went to the Independent Bar. He was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in November 1986, an office he held until his appointment as Chief Justice. From 1994 to 1998 he was President of the National Native Title Tribunal. In 2010, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is a Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the American Law Institute, and an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and the Australian Bar Association. Since August 2016 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Law School at the University of Western Australia and a Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University since October 2016.