July 2021

SA: Presentation on “The significance of Greek independence to the emergence of the modern nation state in international law”, event & webinar presented by Chief Justice Chris Kourakis, 14 July 2021

  • 14 July, 2021
  • Online or in person @ Wallmans Lawyers, 400 King William St, Adelaide SA

The SA Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association is delighted to invite members to a Presentation on “The significance of Greek independence to the emergence of the modern nation state in international law”, to be delivered in person and online by The Honourable Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of South Australia.

It will be held in person at Wallmans Lawyers, Level 5, 400 King William Street Adelaide SA on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 from 5.15PM (Adelaide time), with the presentation starting at 5.30PM.

HAL SA Chapter members who wish to attend in person can go to Trybooking to reserve your place  (*Note due to COVID restrictions there is a limit of 40 members for the in-person event).

Members from other HAL Chapters who wish to view the presentation online should complete the registration form below to be sent a link to access the presentation closer to the date.

Sorry, registration for this online event is now closed.

There is no charge for HAL Members attending in person or online.

The matters covered include:

  • 19th century emergence of nation states from the remnants of empires;
  • the historical antecedents of contemporary justifications for international interventions in internal conflicts.

The Honourable Chief Justice of South Australia, Christopher John Kourakis, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997 (now Senior Counsel) and in 2003 appointed as the Solicitor‑General of South Australia.  In 2008 His Honour was appointed as a Judge to the Supreme Court of South Australia and in 2012, elevated to the position of Chief Justice.

To become a member apply online at https://hal.asn.au/apply-to-join/

Student Membership for the 2021-22 financial year is only $20, and Ordinary Membership for the 2021-22 financial year is only $50 or $125 for 3 years.

June 2021

Pitfalls of Lawyers communicating with the media – Webinar with Justice Emilios Kyrou, 2 June 2021

  • 2 June, 2021
  • Webex online seminar

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

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.


March 2021

Rhodes Online Webinar #5 – Dr Helen Durham, International Red Cross, on ‘A contemporary portrait of the laws of war: what parables from Greek mythology teach us about past, present & future challenges’

  • 17 March, 2021
  • Webinar via Cisco Webex Events

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association and the Agora Dialogue will jointly host an online webinar featuring Dr Helen Durham on “A contemporary portrait of the laws of war: what parables from Greek mythology teach us about past, present & future challenges” from 7PM (AEDT), Wednesday 17 March 2021.

The event is for HAL financial members and registered delegates for the 2020 HAL Rhodes conference (click here to join HAL).

Please note that this evening’s webinar will be live streamed and can only be accessed via one of the two links below.

Dr Helen Durham is Director of International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva.

In her role Dr Durham oversees a large global network of international lawyers, policy advisers, armed forces delegates, weapons specialists, sociologists, researchers and academic experts who work towards the respect of international humanitarian law (IHL).

Dr Durham regularly represents ICRC at venues such as the UN Security Council and in bi-lateral engagements with Ministers, senior government officials and military decision makers. In the past few years she has undertaken missions including Baghdad and wider Iraq, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Nairobi, Moscow, Beijing, Dakar, London, Vienna, New Delhi and Brussels to engage on matters relating to the protection of civilians during times of armed conflict, in particular the protection of women.

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia, Dr Durham has a law degree with honours (Melbourne University) and a PhD (Melbourne University with research at New York) in international law, with a focus on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and international criminal prosecution.

Dr Durham is widely published on IHL topics, in particular those relating to women and armed conflict. Dr Durham has been involved in ICRC operational work in the field (in Myanmar, Aceh, the Philippines and the Pacific) and has been part of negotiations for international treaties in New York, Geneva and Rome.

In 2014 Dr Durham was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, in 2015 she was awarded as an Australian Centenary Peacewoman and in 2017 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Jointly hosted with Agora Dialogue

HAL will jointly host this Rhodes Online webinar with the Agora Dialogue.

Founded in Australia, Agora Dialogue is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, independent organisation. Since 2016 the organisation’s main operations are carried out in Europe, in particular in Cyprus.

Agora Dialogue is designed to encourage deeper reflection and reasoning, reinvigorating ideas such as justice, democracy, sustainability, fairness, equality, liberty, Agora Dialogue acts as a fulcrum for the development of a more attentive, sustainable and enriched society.

Find out more about the organisation’s activities.