November 2020

HAL Annual General Meeting – 19 Nov 2020

  • 19 November, 2020
  • Webinar via Cisco Webex Events, Victoria Australia

The Annual General Meeting of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association Inc. will be held by Webex or similar platform at 6 p.m. AEDT (Melbourne time) on Thursday 19 November 2020.

Contact the Secretary of HAL via email at secretary@hal.asn.au for more information.

Ten Things You Should Know About Democracy in Ancient Greece – Webinar with Professor Paul Cartledge – 17 Nov 2020

  • 17 November, 2020

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association announces that Professor Paul Cartledge will hold a webinar on “Ten Things You Should Know About Democracy in Ancient Greece” to be delivered 7pm (AEDT) Tuesday 17 November.

Register for this Rhodes Online Webinar

If you have registered to attend the webinar on 17 November and experience any issues joining it, please contact Conference Design via email email or by calling +61 (3) 6231 2999.

The event is for HAL financial members and registered delegates for the 2020 HAL Rhodes conference.

Professor Paul Cartledge FSA, FRSA, is a Senior Research Fellow of Clare College Cambridge and the recently retired inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University.

He has provided a summary of his webinar presentation:

“The past is a foreign country – the ancient Athenians did democratic justice differently there. As regards the law and governance, they had no truck with our cherished notion of the separation of powers. As regards litigation, they dispensed with a State Prosecutor, didn’t distinguish between criminal and civil cases, and believed in the efficacy and validity of mass juries of at least 201 citizens aged over 30, all selected by lot and paid a small compensation for their days of – democratic, political – service. Sometimes the law was an ass, sometimes the Athenian popular juries were asses. But by and large the system worked well enough – for them – for almost two centuries. What can we – or should – we learn from them?”

He is an Honorary Citizen of Sparta, Greece, and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour awarded by the President of Greece.

Professor Cartledge has single-authored some 15 books, most recently ‘Democracy: A Life’ (OUP, New York & Oxford), which was shortlisted for the Runciman Award and the London Hellenic Prize.

He has co-authored, edited and co-edited altogether some 30 books. He sits on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals and co-edits the ‘Key Themes in Ancient History’ monograph series for the Cambridge University Press (28 volumes so far), which he co-founded and to which he contributed his own ‘Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice’ (2009).

October 2020

Webinar with The Right Hon Lady Arden and The Hon Justice James Edelman, 15 Oct 2020

  • 15 October, 2020
  • online, Melbourne time

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association announces that the Right Hon Lady Arden, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and The Hon Justice James Edelman will jointly hold a webinar from 7PM (AEDT) on  Thursday 15 October 2020.

 Register for Rhodes Online Webinars

There is no charge for this event for HAL financial members and registered delegates for the 2020 HAL Rhodes conference.

If you have registered to attend the webinar on 15 October and experience any issues joining it, please contact Conference Design via email email or by calling +61 (3) 6231 2999.

The Webinar will contrast the High Court of Australia with the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

The Right Hon Lady Arden of Heswall DBE

Mary Howarth Arden, Lady Arden of Heswall, became a Justice of the Supreme Court in October 2018.

Lady Arden grew up in Liverpool. She read law at Girton College Cambridge and Harvard Law School. Called to the Bar in 1971, she became a Queen’s Counsel in 1986 and served as Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1991 and 1993.

She served on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales from 2000 to 2018. Her judicial career began in 1993 when she was appointed to the High Court of Justice of England and Wales as the first woman judge assigned to the Chancery Division.

Alongside her judicial experience, she has written extensively on how the law keeps pace with social change. Her two-volume book ‘Shaping Tomorrow’s Law’ was published in 2015. It drew strongly on her knowledge of law reform, which she began to develop while serving as Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales from 1996 to 1999.

Between 2005 and September 2018, Lady Arden was Judge in Charge, Head of International Judicial Relations of England and Wales.

She organised bilateral exchanges between the senior Judiciary of the UK and the judiciaries of leading national and supranational courts overseas. She became a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2011, and is an ad hoc UK judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The Hon Justice James Edelman

Justice Edelman was appointed to the High Court of Australia in January 2017. From 2015 until the time of his appointment he was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

From 2011 until 2015 he was a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He previously practised as a barrister at the chambers of Mr Malcolm McCusker QC in Western Australia from 2001-2011 in the areas of criminal law and commercial law and at One Essex Court Chambers from 2008-2011 in commercial law.

He was a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford from 2005, and Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford from 2008 until 2011.