WA: The 2022 Robert French AC Oration – 20 July 2022

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association WA Chapter, in conjunction with the the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and the WA Society of Jewish Jurists and Lawyers, streamed online the 2022 Robert French AC Oration, presented by Justice Craig Colvin of the Federal Court on 20 July.

The Oration topic is: “There runs the quick perspective of the future: What next for the courts?”

Download Justice Colvin’s paper or watch a replay of the Oration below held in the old Supreme Court building in Perth.

The Robert French AC Oration 2022

VIC: 2022 Victorian Chapter Oration by Mark Weinberg AO QC – 21 July

The Hon Mark Weinberg AO QC Special Investigator, Office of the Special Investigator, on 21 July delivered the 2022 HAL Victorian Chapter Oration on the topic “The Investigation and Prosecution in Australia of Alleged War Crimes”.

The Hon Mark Weinberg AO QC was admitted to practice in New South Wales in  1974, and in Victoria in 1975.

Mark Weinberg AO QC

In 1975 he joined the academic staff of the University of Melbourne, where he held  various positions in the Faculty of Law, culminating in Dean of the Faculty from  1984 to 1985. He was Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1988 to 1991.

Mark Weinberg was appointed to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria in  July 2008.

His Honour was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1998 to 2008 and previously held a series of additional judicial and other appointments.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017. He was awarded the  degree of LLD (Honoris Causa) by Monash University in October 2017.

Mark Weinberg was appointed a Reserve Judge of the Court of Appeal from 8 May 2018, and continued to sit regularly, and on a full-time basis, until his appointment  by the Australian Government as the Special Investigator.

The Office of the Special Investigator (OSI) is working with the Australian Federal Police to investigate allegations of criminal conduct related to breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by members of the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2016.

The Special Investigator and the OSI provide strategic advice on investigative strategies, prioritisation and resourcing to the joint investigation.

SA: Between Two Olive Trees – John William Perry AO Oration 2021

The South Australian Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association hosted the John William Perry AO QC Oration on 17 September at the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo.

This year’s Oration featured an ‘on the couch’ Q&A session entitled “Between Two Olive Trees”, with guests The Honourable Vickie Chapman MP, Attorney-General and The Honourable Kyam Maher MLC, Shadow Attorney-General.

It was moderated by Mr Anthony Durkin, Barrister, Villeneuve Smith Chambers.

The event also featured guest speaker Dr James Muecke AM, the 2020 Australian of the Year and Chairman of Sight for All.

Guests also enjoyed a three-course Greek banquet, premium drinks and entertainment.

Pictures from the Event

VIC: POSTPONED – “Observations from the Bench”, with The Honourable Justice Lex Lasry AM

Due to the current COVID restrictions in Victoria, the Victorian Chapter of HAL has decided to postpone the 4 August function “Observations from the Bench”, with the Honourable Justice Lex Lasry AM.

It is hoped to now hold the event in late October.

Members will be informed when a date has been finalised.

All persons who have registered and already paid for the 4 August event through Trybooking are entitled to a refund.

Andrew Panna QC
Chair, Victorian Chapter of Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association