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

QLD: Lord Atkin Lecture – 11 May 2018

HAL hosted a lecture by the Honourable Justice Peter Applegarth, and tour, of the Lord Atkin Exhibition at the Supreme Court Library, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, on 11 May 2018.

His Honour’s lecture was one of a number of events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lord Atkin’s birth in Brisbane and his lasting legacy to the common law.

The lecture reflects HAL’s focus on one of its major objectives to provide continuing legal education and the exchange of legal information.

His Honour guided more than 40 guests through a series of fascinating displays exploring Lord Atkin’s:

  • uncompromising support for social justice
  • his enduring influence on the rule of law
  • his connection to family
  • the social and political landscape of the Queensland into which he was born.

James Richard Atkin was born in Tank Street, Brisbane on 28 November 1867. Atkin’s parents had emigrated from England to the newly established colony of Queensland in 1864.

After a period on the land, Atkin’s father established himself in Brisbane as a journalist. He also became a member of the Legislative Assembly. Unfortunately, his failing health – ultimately resulting in his death in 1872 – led to the rest of the family returning to a family home in Wales.

Atkin read for a degree in classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, and then was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn (1891). Atkin soon became a leading member of the commercial Bar, taking silk in 1906. Judicial elevation swiftly followed. Atkin was appointed a judge of the Kings’ Bench Division (1913), Lord Justice of Appeal (1919) and then Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1928).

During his judicial career Atkin was not only respected as a technically proficient lawyer but admired for his insight and judgment. It was this combination of qualities that produced a number of judgments of lasting importance and global influence.

These judgments included Donoghue v Stevenson (1932), where Lord Atkin’s speech famously articulated the ‘neighbour principle’ upon which the modern tort of negligence has been founded. They also include his famous dissent in Liversidge v Anderson (1942), where he sought to strike down a wartime internment decision that had been given without reasons. Drawing upon the principles underlying the rule of law, Lord Atkin rejected the view that the reasonableness of this decision was immune from scrutiny.

Justice Applegarth’s entertaining prelude to the library tour also alluded to the many challenges facing emigrants to Australia, from many different lands, and the challenge of establishing themselves.

Another of Lord Atkin’s links to Greece is that one of his grand-daughters settled in the country.

Lord Atkin died in 1944 at the age of 76.

The free exhibition, which examines Atkin’s life, career and impact, is in the Supreme Court Library on Level 12 of the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law and will be open until November 2018.

QLD: Lord Atkin Lecture and Exhibition – 11 May 2018

Lord Atkin was one of the most influential judges of his or any generation.  His landmark judgments still guide the laws of our nation and the rest of the common law world today.

James Richard (Dick) Atkin was born in Tank Street, Brisbane on 28 November 1867.  Last November marked the 150th anniversary of his birth.

To commemorate this anniversary and Atkin’s lasting legacy to the common law, the Supreme Court Library launched a new exhibition, Lord Atkin: from Queensland to the House of Lords.

One of the major objectives of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) is to provide continuing legal education and the exchange of legal information.

HAL is delighted to be hosting a lecture by the Honourable Justice Peter Applegarth, and tour, of the Lord Atkin Exhibition at the Supreme Court Library, Level 12, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane, on 11 May 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Justice Applegarth will refer to a modern day link between Lord Atkin and Greece.

The event will be followed by light refreshments.

There is no charge for this event.  There are limited spaces available so early bookings are encouraged.

RSVP via Trybooking by 27 April 2018, if not booked out earlier.