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.

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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.

September 2020

Webinar – A Conversation on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Media Freedom, with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Professor Peter Greste – 29 Sep 2020

  • 29 September, 2020
  • Webinar via Cisco Webex Events

Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association will present a webinar on 29 September 2020, featuring Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Professor Peter Greste in conversation on the topic of “Democracy, the Rule of Law and Media Freedom”.

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It will be held from 7PM (AEST) on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

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 29 September and experience any issues joining it, please contact Conference Design via email email or by calling +61 (3) 6231 2999.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is currently Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and Professor Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is a member of the House of Lords and chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists. She is a bencher of Gray’s Inn and she was the chair of Charter 88 from 1992 to 1997, the Human Genetics Commission from 1998 to 2007 and the British Council from 1998 to 2004.

Baroness Kennedy also chaired the Power Inquiry, which reported on the state of British democracy and produced the Power Report in 2006. She has received honours for her work on human rights from the governments of France and Italy and has been awarded more than 40 honorary doctorates.

She has practiced at the Bar for 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years, including the Balcombe Street Siege, the Brighton bombing trial, the Guildford Four Appeal, the Michael Bettany Espionage case, the bombing of the Israeli embassy, the Jihadist fertiliser bomb plot, and the transatlantic bomb plot.

She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Women’s syndrome in the British courts. She was also the leading voice for equal opportunities in the legal profession for women. She authored a number of books on law reform, wrote the successful television series Blind Justice and became a well-known broadcaster on law and ethics during the eighties, presenting the BBC’s Heart of the Matter.

She has chaired the British Council and the UK Human Genetics Commission. She has been a member of the House of Lords for over 20 years, where she chairs the European Union Sub-Committee. She is chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists. She is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has also been honoured by the Governments of France and Italy. She is the chair of the Booker Prize Foundation. She has stepped down as Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford and become the new Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam university. She has received honours for her work on human rights from the governments of France and Italy and has been awarded more than 40 honorary doctorates.

Professor Peter Greste, University of Queensland

Professor Peter Greste is best known for when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera, and charged with terrorism offences.

In letters smuggled from prison, he described the arrests as an attack on media freedom. The letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually got them released after more than 400 days in prison.

He has since become a vocal campaigner and advocate for media freedom. He is currently the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications at the University of Queensland.

August 2020

A Lawyer’s Duty of Confidence – Webinar with Justice Emilios Kyrou, 20 Aug 2020

  • 20 August, 2020
  • Webinar

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association announces that Justice Emilios Kyrou will hold a webinar on “A Lawyer’s Duty of Confidence” to be delivered 6pm (AEST) Thursday 20 August.

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

Justice Emilios Kyrou is a Judge 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.

Prior to his judicial appointment, Justice Kyrou was a senior litigation partner in the international legal firm that is now known as King & Wood Mallesons.

His Honour is the second practising solicitor to be appointed directly as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria since it was established in 1852.

He is also the only Greek-born Justice of a superior court in Australia.

Justice Kyrou was an inaugural member of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity. He is the Patron of the Australian Greek Welfare Society and the Victorian Patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association.

Registration for this event has now closed.