QLD: HAL celebrates International Women’s Day in conjunction with the QCCL, “Themis: The female personification of justice” – 10 March 2020

In celebration of International Womens Day, the Hon. Justice Anthe Philippides, Queensland Court of Appeal, will deliver a presentation on “Themis – the female personification of justice”, at the Library of the Supreme Court of Queensland, on Tuesday 10 March.

The Hon. Justice Philippides

Themis, the mythical Greek goddess of justice, is today the most recognisable symbol of justice. The ancient Greeks chose to personify justice in the female form.

The female personification of justice, with various modifications reflective of different periods in history, has been adopted through the ages and across the globe as an iconic representation of fairness and objectivity.

In this event, Justice Philippides will explore Themis as an enduring female personification of justice.

The statue of Themis outside the Brisbane Supreme and District Law Courts.

The event is free for members of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association and members of the Civil Liberties Council of Queensland, though places will need to be reserved through Trybooking.

There is a fee for non-members wishing to attend, and places will also need to be reserved through Trybooking:

  • $5 for students
  • $10 for professionals

The annual fee for a HAL Ordinary Member is $50, or $20 for students, so become a member of HAL or renew your membership to attend the event free of charge.

QLD: Clayton Utz Alexander Freeleagus Oration: “Constitutional Bargains – power to the people, who gets what?” – 22 November 2019

Professor Josiah Ober, Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University, delivered this year’s Queensland Chapter of Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association Clayton Utz Alexander Freeleagus Oration.

It was titled “Constitutional Bargains – power to the people, who gets what?”.

The Oration was held on Friday 22 November 2019 at the offices of Clayton Utz in Brisbane and a reception followed.

Those attending included members of the Freeleagus family, the Patron of the Queensland Chapter of HAL, The Hon Anthe Philippides, Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland, and other eminent jurists, HAL Chapter representatives, His Grace, Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, Archiepiscopol Vicar for Qld and PNG, and guests.

Synopsis of “Constitutional Bargains – power to the people, who gets what?”

World history is filled with cases in which disagreements over distribution of social goods, between the Haves and Have-Nots devolved into zero-sum conflict, typically with tragic results for one or both sides.

In early sixth-century BC Athens, violent conflict between rich and poor was narrowly avoided when the two sides agreed to allow the poet-statesman Solon to arbitrate their dispute – and then to establish a new constitutional order for their state.

While Solon described his law-making as achieving justice, the ancient tradition concerning Solon recognized that his accomplishment was not ideal justice. Rather it was to find the equilibrium solution to a difficult bargaining game – one in which each side ended up with less than it hoped for, but more than could be got by fighting.

Subsequent Athenian constitutional history – the development of the world’s first well-documented democracy – is best understood as a continuation of the practice of bargaining among interested parties.

That process eventuated in a culture that emphasized the common good of “the people” and that gave individual citizens reasons to sacrifice short-term personal advantage in favor of long-term collective flourishing.

Professor Ober has provided source material relating to this Oration:

  1. Slides of his presentation “Constitutional Bargains – power to the people, who gets what?
  2. Handout material accompanying this Oration.

Pictures from the event

QLD: The Hon Justice James Douglas lecture on Sir Harry Gibbs – 15 March 2019

The Honourable Justice James Douglas focussed on the role that Sir Harry Gibbs played in developing the legal and constitutional framework of Papua New Guinea in an address to HAL members at the Queensland Supreme Court Library on 15 March, 2019.

He spoke in detail of Sir Harry’s activities in the then-territory of Papua New Guinea during World War 2, where he served as an army legal and staff officer.

The Judge’s speech, “Sir Harry Gibbs and Papua New Guinea” can be downloaded, as well as an accompanying powerpoint presentation featuring photographs and images from Sir Harry’s time in PNG.

The Hon. Justice James Douglas was once an Associate to Sir Harry Gibbs, and provided a rare insight into one of Australia’s most celebrated judicial figures.

He also shared one of Sir Harry’s lesser-known writings, where he compared his PNG working environment to a famous poem, “To His Coy Mistress”.

A collection of decorations and medals awarded to Sir Harry Gibbs is also on display in the Supreme Court Library.

Speeches from the Event

Sir Harry Gibbs and Papua New Guinea“, speech delivered by The Hon Justice James Douglas, 15 March 2019.

Photographs from the Event

Those interested can become a member of HAL or renew their membership.

For more information, contact Nicholas Andreatidis QC, (07) 3008 4967 or andreatidis@qldbar.asn.au

QLD: Freeleagus Oration by The Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal – 19 October 2018

On 19 October 2018 the Banco Court was at capacity to once again honour Alexander Christy Freeleagus.

This was the fourth Clayton Utz Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration.  The first Oration, in 2015, was delivered by Justice Emilios Kyrou.

HAL had the privilege of having the Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC and the Hon Justice Patrick Keane AC, both Justices of the High Court of Australia, deliver the Orations in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

This year, those attending witnessed a remarkable Oration delivered by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff.

Justice Sofronoff delivered a fascinating Oration titled “The Influence of Hellenistic Philosophy upon Christianity”.

The Hon Justice Philippides, HAL Queensland Chapter Patron, provided interesting closing remarks on the paper.

The Queensland Chapter Chair of HAL, Mr Mal Varitimos QC, thanked all for attending, as well as the generosity of Clayton Utz for once again sponsoring the event.

Papers from the event

Pictures from the Event