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The 2011 Supreme Court Oration

In this the sesquicentenary year of the Supreme Court of Queensland The Hon Paul de Jersey AC Chief Justice of Queensland has pleasure in inviting you to The 2011 Supreme Court Oration to be delivered in the Banco Court on Thursday, 15th September 2011 at 5.30pm by The Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin PC Chief Justice of Canada. Chief Justice McLachlin will be speaking on ‘The Courts and the Media’.

Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin PC

Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin PC was born in Alberta in 1943. In 1965, she was awarded a BA (Honours) in Philosophy at the University of Alberta. She continued her tertiary studies there, and in 1968, she received a MA in Philosophy and an LLB. Beginning in 1974, the Chief Justice taught at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law for seven years. In 1981, she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court and
four months later to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was appointed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 1985 and three years later, in 1988, she was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 1989, the Chief Justice was appointed as a Justice to the Supreme Court of Canada and she was elevated to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2000.

The Chief Justice has been the recipient of 31 honorary degrees. In 2010, she was inducted into the International Hall of Fame by the International Women’s Forum and named Canadian of the Year.

RSVP

The oration will be followed by light refreshments in the Rare Books Precinct
RSVP before 12th September to marie.bergwever@justice.qld.gov.au or (07) 3247 4279


Awards Dinner 2011 - Womens Lawyers Association of Queensland

The annual awards dinner will be held on Friday, 9 September 2011 at the Brisbane Club. The dinner celebrates the achievements of three woman lawyers in the categories of Woman Lawyer of the Year, Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year and Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year. The Queensland Law Society Agnes McWhinney Award will also be announced.

The speakers at the dinner are Elizabeth Fraser (Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian) and Judy Loughnan (General Counsel at Suncorp).

You don’t need to be a member of the WLAQ to attend and you don’t need to be female either!

For more information visit our website.  


cave.jpgFilm Release - Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Following his previous documentary Encounters at the End of the World, iconic director Werner Herzog once again takes us deep behind the frontier of an extraordinary place. Having gained unprecedented access through the tightest of restrictions and overcome considerable technical challenges, he has captured on film, with specially designed 3D cameras, the interior of the Chauvet Cave in southern France. This is where the world’s oldest cave paintings – hundreds in number - were discovered in 1994. In the mesmerising Cave of Forgotten Dreams, he reveals to us a breathtaking subterranean world and leads us to the 32,000-year-old artworks. In that deeply moving moment of encounter, we come face to face with pristine and astonishingly realistic drawings of horses, cattle and lions, which for the briefest second come alive in the torchlight.

In true Herzogian fashion, his hypnotically engaging narration weaves in wider metaphysical contemplations as we learn more about the Paleolithic art and its creators. Through his understated and gently humorous voiceover, we are invited to reflect on our primal desire to communicate and represent the world around us, evolution and our place within it, and ultimately what it means to be human.

The film will be released on 22 September 2011.  

For more information visit http://www.caveofforgottendreams.co.uk/

Special Preview

To celebrate the release of the film the Association has been offered 10 free passes to a special preview being held on Sunday 18 September at Dendy Portside at 4:00 p.m. Members interested in attending this event should email mail@hearsay.org.au to avoid disappointment.

The Supreme Court History Program Yearbook  2010 Now Available

The Supreme Court History Program Yearbook, now in its sixth year of publication, has proven a valuable addition to the libraries of historians and lawyers alike. As the only publication of its kind in Queensland, the Yearbook features scholarly articles on Queensland’s legal history, together with tributes to retiring judges, legal personalia and a review of significant judicial and legislative developments for the year. This volume serves as a significant resource for those seeking an overview and enduring record of the Queensland legal profession in 2010.

Download the order form here.


 Justice for All Conference

12 - 15 February 2012

In February 2012, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Australian Human Rights Centre of the Faculty of Law,  University of New South Wales will host an international conference Justice for All? The International Criminal Court - A Conference: A Ten Year Review. The conference will mark the 10th Anniversary of the operation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and discuss the work and impact of the ICC during its first decade. The President and  Registrar of the ICC will be attending the conference.
The two key objectives of the Conference are to examine the role and success of the ICC in achieving gender justice, and to analyse the participation of the Asia Pacific region in the ICC regime. The Conference will review the circumstances and reasons for the Asia Pacific’s limited engagement with the ICC, and the key lessons from other regions about how to achieve ratification and full implementation of the Court’s mandate, including in the area of gender justice. Against the backdrop of the two main themes of gender justice and the Asia Pacific, the Conference will consider the operation of the Rome Statute of the ICC at three distinct levels: within the Court itself, as between states parties, and between the ICC and civil society.

The Justice for All Conference will be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, from 13 - 15 February 2012. The three-day conference will include the Australian Human Rights Centre Annual Public Lecture. Speakers participating in the conference to date include the President of the ICC, Judge Sang-Hyun Song; the Registrar of the ICC, Ms Silvana Arbia; ICC scholars; and representatives from government departments and NGOs. The final day of the conference will be dedicated to capacity-building workshops with delegates from the region. The workshop is by invitation only.

The Conference will address questions, including:
• How effective has the ICC been in ensuring that gender justice informs its mandate, practice and procedure?
• What factors explain the limited engagement of states in the Asia Pacific region with the ICC?
• How does advocacy around the ICC fit into broader strategies for achieving gender justice and equality at the global, regional and national level?
• What is the future of the ICC (and similar tribunals) in putting an end to impunity for the perpetrators of crimes and contributing to the prevention of such crimes?

For more information please view our website at www.justiceforall.unsw.edu.au


Call for Papers: The 30th annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society

Customs House, Brisbane, 12-13 December 2011.

The 2011 conference theme – “Private Law, Public Lives” - examines the social dimensions of private law in history.  Proposals from all jurisdictions are welcome. Proposals on non-theme topics in legal history also welcome.

Highlights of this year’s conference include twin keynote speakers: Professor John McLaren, professor emeritus, Law School, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and author of the forthcoming Dewigged, Bothered and Bewildered: British Colonial Judges on Trial (University of Toronto Press, 2011); and Professor Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
Also, by special arrangement with the American Society for Legal History, we will be including a panel from the ASLH, including, among others, Professor Constance Backhouse, Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa and President of the ASLH, and Professor Chris Tomlins, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine.

Paper proposals, including paper title, abstract (300 words max.) and brief author bio, should be sent by email to the Conference Committee at lawhistconf@uq.edu.au by 14 July 2011.
Also see conference website: www.law.uq.edu.au/anz-law-and-history-conference


Earth Jurisprudence: Building Theory and Practice

Australia’s Third Wild Law Conference: 16-18 September 2011, Griffith University

The aim of the conference is to stimulate discussion about what Earth Jurisprudence can offer theories of law and governance, and to create a a space for the rigorous development of international and Australian doctrine in this new field of law.

Speakers include:

  • Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe, Griffith University
  • Cormac Cullinan, Enact International, South Africa and author of the book "Wild Law"
  • Other confirmed speakers include:
  • Chief Justice Preston, NSW Land and Environment Court
  • Professor Doug Fisher, QUT
  • Larissa Waters, Senator Elect
  • Dr Chris McGrath, University of Queensland
  • Jo-Anne Bragg, Qld Environmental Defender’s Office

 For further information visit the conference website.


26th annual Calabro SV Consulting Family Law Residential

9–10 September 2011, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast 

The 26th annual Calabro SV Consulting Family Law Residential program, proudly presented in partnership with the Queensland Law Society and Family Law Practitioners Association, is the premier annual conference program for family law practitioners in Australia. In response to delegate feedback, this year’s program features the traditional streams dedicated to children’s issues and property matters. New streams are devoted to practical techniques for advocacy, family law practice management and maintenance of resilience in practice.

Several members will be speaking at the event on various topics:

  • Brad Farr SC, Acting Judge, District Court of Queensland - Best practice advocacy: Evidence and preparing for trials
  • Guy Andrew - Preparing for a domestic violence hearing: How to effectively and successfully run a domestic violence hearing
  • Jacoba Brasch will facilitate an expert panel of family law practitioners in discussing and debating ethical dilemmas for solicitors and barristers
  • Federal Magistrate Jarrett, Federal Magistrates Court and James Linklater-Steele - Contravention and contempt

10 CPD points

Register online by 7 September 2011 (Earlybird closes 12 August 2011).


Asia-Pacific Coroners Society 2011 Conference

7-10 November 2011

The theme of this year's conference is "Australasian coronial systems 20 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: achievements and challenges." It has been 20 years since the watershed Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It is widely recognised that the Commission was a catalyst for reform of the coronial systems of Australia. 20 years on, it is appropriate to reflect on how successful those reforms have been and to debate the future direction of coronial systems in Australasia.

Key speakers:

  • Hal Wootten AC QC is a former NSW Supreme Court Judge and was a Commissioner to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
  • Professor Derrick Pounder is Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Dundee. He has extensive experience in the coronial systems of England and Scotland and also in relation to the investigation of deaths in custody internationally.
  • Professor Colin Tatz AO is a sociologist with expertise in indigenous suicide and the coronial system.
    Professor Diego De Leo is the Director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention and an internationally recognised suicidologist.
  • Ian Freckelton SC is an eminent member of the Victorian Bar with extensive experience in the coronial jurisdiction.

Registration details can be found here.


IBA Annual Conference

Registration details and the preliminary programme information are now available for the 2011 IBA Annual Conference.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s opening ceremony. A seasoned diplomat, Dr ElBaradei served three terms as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); an autonomous intergovernmental organisation under the auspices of the United Nations. He is a staunch advocate of nuclear disarmament, and promotes open and fair standards to guide the peaceful use of nuclear technology for development. In October 2005, Dr ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts ‘to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.’

In 2011, Dr ElBaradei emerged as a high-profile opposition figure in the Egyptian protests that culminated in Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. He continues to be a voice for change in Egypt’s march toward democracy, calling for open dialogue, transparent legal standards and respect for human rights.

The IBA Annual Conference is the opportunity for legal professionals from around the world to meet and discuss key developments across multiple jurisdictions. In the current uncertain economic climate, it is ever more crucial to be fully informed and to the best of our ability. As the global voice of the legal profession, the IBA is uniquely qualified to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to do so.

Register before Friday 29 July to receive the early registration discount.


LEADR mediation workshop - Brisbane 2011

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Tues 11–15 October 2011

LEADR mediation workshops are recognised throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific for the high quality program design, the interactive and experiential emphasis of the training activities and the exemplary skills of its facilitators.

This mediation workshop runs over five consecutive days meets the training requirements to progress to accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System and for accreditation with LEADR. It offers:

  • A proven mediation process adaptable to different types of mediations
  • Sound theoretical frameworks in which to embed process and skills
  • Essential communication skills to explore issues and reality test
  • Practical tools to keep parties focused
  • Strategies to generate options and to break impasses
  • Nine mediation role plays
  • Personalised feedback from highly skilled mediators
  • Carefully chosen and varied learning activities including plenary sessions, syndicate group discussions, simulations, fishbowls and video clips.

2011 Mediation workshops fees:

Early bird fee: $2838 incl GST (1 month prior)
Standard fee: $3113 incl GST

For further information visit http://www.leadr.com.au/mediationtraining-qld.htm





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