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

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