Justice Kyrou appointed to Federal Court and President of AAT

The patron of the Victorian Chapter of HAL, Justice Emilios Kyrou (formerly a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Victoria) has been appointed as a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia and the President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

A ceremony welcoming Justice Kyrou was held on 28 June 2023 in the Federal Court in Melbourne.

Justice Kyrou has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2008 and from 2014 has been a Judge on the Court of Appeal.

Justice Kyrou is widely recognised for his integrity, legal excellence, independence and intellectual capacity.

He is an experienced leader and administrator, and is an expert in administrative law. On Australia Day this year Justice Kyrou was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, to professional associations and to the community.’

Justice Kyrou has been Patron of the Victorian Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association since 2014, and has presented a number of papers and speeches to HAL events.

Watch Justice Kyrou’s welcome ceremony on Youtube.

QLD: Athenian Democracy – Key Values and Modern Resonances – 28 April 2023

The Queensland Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) is delighted to present “Athenian Democracy – Key Values and Modern Resonances“, a conversation between Professor Alastair Blanshard (Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Queensland) and The Hon Anthe Philippides SC (Queensland Patron of HAL).

Following the presentation you are invited to enjoy drinks and canapes and a tour of the RD Milns Antiquities Museum.


Please register for catering purposes. RSVP by 26 April 2023.

The RD Milns Antiquities Museum

SA: John Perry AO QC Oration – 27 Oct 2022

This year’s John Perry AO QC Oration, held before 170 guests on 27 October at the Adelaide Pavilion, focused on a crucial subject – the “Unification of Greek Communities and its Importance to Maintaining Hellenism in Australia for Future Generations”.

Bill Papastergiadis OAM – Melbourne Managing Partner at Moray & Agnew and the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne & Victoria – delivered the Oration.

This annual dinner and oration hosted by the South Australian Chapter of HAL celebrates the life and contribution of the late Honourable Justice Perry, who served as a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia for 19 years and was the first judge of that Court with an Hellenic background.

In this year’s Oration, Mr Papastergiadis spoke to his personal insights and with profound optimism for the future of Hellenism in Australia, drawing on his experiences, successes and practical initiatives.

President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Bill Papastergiadis OAM

The Greek City Times reported Mr Papastergiadis saying “the Greek diaspora has a critical role in ensuring the relevance of the community for future generations and that this can only be done by a mindset focused on progress and action.”

Reflecting on the event, HAL SA Chapter Co-Chair Peter Tantalos told The Greek City Times that “through events such as these, and with leaders like Bill Papastergiadis championing Hellenism and charting the path forward, we can ensure that the Greek diaspora maintain their cultural spirit and actively engage with their communities to ensure the preservation of Hellenism for future generations”.

Guests included:

  • The Honourable Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Minister for Energy and Mining representing The Honourable Peter Malinauskas MP, Premier of South Australia.
  • Mr George Psiachas, The Consul General of Greece for Adelaide.
  • The Honourable Nikolaos Chardalias, Deputy Minister of National Defence of the Hellenic Republic.
  • Vice Admiral Efthymios Mikros, Director of the Military Office, as Representative of Her Excellency Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the Hellenic Republic accompanied by the Presidential Guard of the Hellenic Republic.

The Hellenic Presidential Guard (Evzones) also attended the Oration. This distinguished and culturally significant unit of the Hellenic Army has its origins as an elite infantry and mountain fighting unit established by royal decree on 12 December 1868. With the express consent of the President of Greece, Her Excellency Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the Presidential Guard was permitted to visit Adelaide and join OXI NO Day celebrations at the Oration.

SA: Young Professionals Networking at Parliament House – 1 Sept 2022

The HAL SA Chapter invited members and prospective members to celebrate Hellenic culture and diversity in the legal profession at Young Professionals Networking Night in the Old Chamber of Parliament House on 1 September 2022.

This event was generously hosted by the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Minister for Energy and Mining.

The Young Professionals Networking Night focused on promoting the joint development and connections of fellow young professionals, and discussed the importance of promoting the Hellenic culture in the profession as well an outlook to shape the future of the legal profession.

This night was an opportunity for current and emerging legal practitioners (of less than five years post admission experience) who have a Hellenic background, or if not of Hellenic background, are philhellenes to connect and share ideas and experiences with each other and with senior legal practitioners from the South Australian HAL Chapter.