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

VIC: The Pitfalls of Lawyers Communicating with the Media, by the Hon Justice Emilios Kyrou

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association facilitated a presentation by the Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou entitled “Pitfalls of Lawyers communicating with the media” online via Webex on 2 June 2021.

You can view a paper on his presentation here: Pitfalls of Lawyers communicating with the media

Justice Kyrou canvassed the risks to lawyers when communicating with the media, including:

  • Breach of confidence
  • Breach of professional conduct rules
  • Contempt of court
  • Waiver of privilege
  • Misleading or deceptive conduct

HAL members from around the country joined the virtual presentation, with more than 150 registering for the event.

Justice Kyrou is a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

He was appointed to that position in July 2014 after serving as a trial Judge since May 2008.

HAL financial members who attend the webinar may earn 1 CPD point in Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

VIC: Chapter Oration by Professor Josiah Ober – “Lessons from the ancient Greeks on relations between States – the limits of rational behaviour” – 28 Nov 2019

Professor Josiah Ober, Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University, delivered this year’s Oration for the Victorian Chapter of Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association.

Professor Ober addressed the topic “Lessons from the ancient Greeks on relations between States – the limits of rational behaviour”.

The Professor works on the history of institutions and on legal and political theory, with an emphasis on democracy and on the political thought and practice of the ancient Greek world.

It was held on 28 November 2019 at The RACV Club in Melbourne, and was followed by a reception.

Guests included the Patron of the Victorian Chapter of HAL, the Honourable Emilios Kyrou, Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, as well as members of the Victorian legal fraternity, and representatives of HAL from other state chapters.

Synopsis of Professor Ober’s Oration

Thucydides’ great history of the Peloponnesian War is much more than a brilliant year-by-year narrative of a terrible and lengthy conflict.  

It is also a profound meditation on international relations. Thucydides has often been read as a simple sort of “Realist” – a theorist of power relations under conditions of inter-state anarchy. But that characterization misses his deep exploration of the non-zero-sum bargains struck between great and small states, and the tragic consequences of bargaining failures.

Thucydides probes the motivations that lead small states to acquiesce to the hegemonic authority of a great power, and the motives that lead the residents of a small state to resist incorporation into an empire.

Thucydides wrote his work “as a possession for all time” – and indeed, his analysis of rationality and irrationality in relations between states offers timeless insights into how multi-state systems flourish and fail.

Professor Ober has provided source material relating to this Oration:

  1. Slides of his presentation “Lessons from the ancient Greeks on relations between States – the limits of rational behaviour.”
  2. Handout material on “Lessons from the ancient Greeks on relations between States – the limits of rational behaviour”

Photographs of the Event

VIC: Chapter Oration by The Hon Justice Chris Maxwell AC, President of the Victoria Court of Appeal – 31 October 2018

The VIC Chapter Oration explored classic and modern concepts of justice and the interaction of the two in relation to respecting the individual and serving the community.

The Hon Justice Chris Maxwell AC President of the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal delivered the Oration on 31 October 2018.

A large audience of HAL members and guests enjoyed his Honour’s Oration, titled “Classical and modern conceptions of justice: respecting the individual, serving the community” at Monash University Law Chambers on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne.

The HAL VIC Chapter Patron, The Hon Justice Emilios Kyrou, introduced the Hon Justice Maxwell AC.

The President of HAL, Mr Mal Varitimos CBE QC, delivered a speech of welcome to those at the inaugural Vic Chapter Oration, highlighting an important purpose of the Association: providing continuing legal education and the exchange of legal information.

Following the Oration guests enjoyed a Drinks Reception in the foyer of Monash University Law Chambers.

HAL VIC Chapter Chair Ms Elefteria Konstantinou, officially opened the evening, welcoming all guests.

The Hon. Justice Maxwell AC has generously agreed to publication of his paper on the HAL website for all to read.


Justice Chris Maxwell, President, Victorian Court of Appeal, Chapter Oration titled “Classical and modern conceptions of justice: respecting the individual, serving the community” – 31 October 2018.

Pictures from the Event