Rhetoric and Reasoning - Contributions to the Common Law

The Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Susan Kiefel AC, delivered the keynote address to the inaugural Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association International Legal Conference in Rhodes, Greece.

Her Honour’s speech, titled “Rhetoric and Reasoning – Contributions to the Common Law” centred on the Conference theme of contemporary legal issues and the influence of Hellenism.

More than 500 delegates and accompanying persons, and local dignitaries, attended the opening sessions of the Conference.

His Excellency, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos, opened proceedings on 9 July.

The Governor of the South Aegean Region, Mr George Hatzimarkos, and the Mayor of Rhodes, Mr Fotis Chatzidiakos, officially welcomed speakers and more than 500 delegates and accompanying persons.

The Australian Ambassador to Greece, Her Excellency, Ms Kate Logan, spoke on “The Enduring Australian and Greek Bilateral Relationship”.

President of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association, Mr Mal Varitimos QC, gave official introductions to the speakers.

The Official Opening and Welcome Ceremony on 9 July was at the spectacular Bastion of the Grand Master’s Palace, Rhodes, which is within a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site being the Medieval Old Town and was the 2017 winner of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage in the Category of Conservation.

Speakers and Conference Theme

The Conference attracted, as speakers, a number of eminent jurists and scholars.

President of HAL, Mr Manuel (Mal) Varitimos QC CBE, gave a speech of welcome to speakers, delegates and guests at the opening session of Conference proceedings.

We were privileged to have as keynote speaker The Hon. Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Several Chief Justices and Judges of Appeal, along with other international jurists, have spoken on a number of different topics, related to the Conference theme of “Contemporary Legal Issues and the Influence of Hellenism”.

Chair of the Conference Program Committee, Justice Anthe Philippides, introduced the conference theme and Keynote Speaker, the Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC.

LK was Major Sponsor of the inaugural HAL International Legal Conference.

Please find further details about the Conference speakers and available papers below.

Professional Development

If you are a holder of a Practising Certificate, and this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you may be eligible to claim MCLE/MCPD/CPD points for your attendance. However, as not all jurisdictions have the same requirements for accreditation, delegates should make their own enquiries as to accreditation.

Becoming a member of HAL

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association is open for membership to Australian lawyers who are philhellenes or have a Hellenic background and support the purposes of HAL. Anyone with an interest in Hellenic culture and the legal profession is encouraged to apply to join HAL.

Finding Out More

Papers from the Conference are being uploaded as they become available on the HAL Papers and Speeches section, and are also accessible from the speakers’ details below.

Manuel (Mal) Varitimos CBE QC, Conference Chair, HAL Rhodes International Conference.

Conference Speakers and Papers

Available papers to date are linked from each speaker’s section below.

  • The Hon. Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

    The Hon. Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, LLM (Cantab)

    High Court of Australia

    The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, in 1954, educated in Queensland and at the University of Cambridge where she received a Masters of Law. Chief Justice Kiefel was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1975 and was the first woman in Queensland to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. Whilst practising at the Bar, her Honour was a part-time Hearing Commissioner of the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission. She was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1993 and was appointed to the Federal Court in 1994. From 2003-2007, whilst a Federal Court Judge, her Honour was a part-time Commissioner at the Australian Law Reform Commission. Her Honour also held a commission as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island from 2004. She was appointed a Justice of the High Court on 3 September 2007 and was appointed the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 31 January 2017.
    She was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2011 and in June 2013 was elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Her Honour was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in November 2014.

    Conference Keynote Speech: Rhetoric and Reasoning – Contributions to the Common Law

  • Chief Justice James Allsop AO

    Chief Justice James Allsop AO

    Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia

    From 1981 to 2001 Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.

    From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008 he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013 he was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

    He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013.

    From 1981 to 2014 he taught part-time at the University of Sydney. He currently lectures part-time in maritime law at the University of Queensland and was appointed Adjunct Professor from 1 July 2016 for a period of 3 years.

    In 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. In 2013, he was elected a member of the American Law Institute.

    Conference Paper: “The Place that Launched a Thousand Ships – Some Hellenic Influences on Maritime Law and Commerce”

  • Chief Justice Alan Blow AO

    Chief Justice Alan Blow AO

    Chief Justice of Tasmania

    The Hon Justice Alan Michael Blow AO was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2000, and as the Chief Justice in 2013. Since 2013 he has also been the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania.

    He is a graduate of the University of Sydney. He practised in the areas of conveyancing and probate in Sydney before moving to Devonport in 1976. There he practised in family law, civil litigation, and crime.

    He practised as a barrister in Hobart from 1987 until 2000, mainly in civil litigation. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1995. He sat part-time on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Commonwealth), first as a senior member (1989-1993) and then as a Deputy President (1993-2000). He has been the President of the Law Society of Tasmania (1989-1990), the Chairman of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (1991-1997), and a member of the boards of the Salamanca Arts Centre (1988-2013, President 1988-1992) and the Narryna Heritage Museum (1998-2011).

    His Honour received the medal of the Order of Australia in 1996 for service to the arts. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018 for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law. He has been a member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of Australia since 2000, and has been actively involved with the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course as an instructor for over 10 years.

    His Honour is the Tasmanian Patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association.

    Conference Paper: “Greek Origins of Federations, Leagues and Multi-State Organisations”

  • Desmond Browne QC

    Desmond Browne QC

    Former Chair of the Bar Council

    Desmond Browne was called in 1969 and took silk in 1990. He was Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales in 2009 and Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2015. In May 2016 he took over as President of the Council of the Inns of Court. As Chairman of the International Committee of the Inns of Court College of
    Advocacy, he has trained in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Singapore, Poland and the Hague.

    He is Joint Head of 5RB, a chambers specialising in media law. He has appeared in the House of Lords for Times Newspapers, Neil Hamilton MP, the late Boris Berezovsky and for Mirror Newspapers in the Naomi Campbell privacy appeal. Recently he appeared in the Supreme Court for PJS, the anonymous claimant granted a privacy injunction notwithstanding Internet

    Clients for whom he has acted in the Court of Appeal include Elton John, Michael Douglas, Don King and Victoria Beckham.

    He appeared for Mirror Newspapers in the Leveson Inquiry into the culture of the press. Lately he has acted for claimants in two libel actions arising from covert filming by journalists, and for a policeman on the gates of Downing Street called “a pleb” by a Cabinet Minister.

    Conference Paper: “Just How Free is Our Freedom of Expression?”

  • Professor Paul Cartledge

    Professor Paul Cartledge

    A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus, University of Cambridge

    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 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 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).

    Conference Paper (response to Desmond Browne QC): Would the ancient Greeks have thought us free?

  • Justice Michalis Christodoulou

    Justice Michalis Christodoulou

    Justice of the Supreme Court of Cyprus

    Justice Michalis Christodoulou was born in 1953 in Phini Village, District of Limassol, where he lived during his early life.

    His Honour graduated from Lanition Gymnasium and following two years’ service in the National Guard as a conscript, he studied law at the Athens National and Kapodistrian University.

    On his return to Cyprus in 1977, his Honour practiced law until 1991, when he was appointed by the Supreme Council of Judicature to the post of District Judge.

    Six years later he was promoted to Senior District Judge and in 2004 to President District Court.

    As District Judge he served for four years as President of the Assize Court of Nicosia.

    On 25 April 2013 his Honour was appointed by the President of the Republic as a member of the Supreme Court of Cyprus after unanimous recommendation of the serving members of the Supreme Court of Cyprus.

    Conference Paper: “Justice and Philosophy”

  • Andrew Ford

    Andrew Ford

    Principal, Lipman Karas

    Andrew Ford is a London-based commercial litigator focused on large international disputes, fraud and asset tracing exercises. His expertise includes disputes involving banking transactions, derivatives, claims in tort and unfair prejudice allegations (minority shareholder actions).

    He has significant experience investigating acts of fraud and pursuing related claims and defending against allegations of fraud.

    Andrew has undertaken a large number of investigations and prosecutions on behalf of professional regulatory bodies, and has experience with disciplinary investigations into allegations of dishonesty and corruption. He has represented various individuals and sporting organisations in civil litigation.

    Andrew’s cases are nearly always international, with a significant number emanating from Continental Europe and the Middle East.

    In 2012 Andrew established the London office of Lipman Karas. Prior to this, he was European Regional Leader of Withers’ Commercial Litigation and Fraud Group, a role he assumed after spending three years in their Geneva office.

  • Chief Justice Michael Grant

    Chief Justice Michael Grant

    Chief Justice of Northern Territory

    Michael Grant was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in July 2016. At the time of his appointment, he had held the position of Solicitor-General for the Northern Territory since September 2007. Prior to his appointment as Solicitor-General, Chief Justice Grant practised at the private bar as a member of William Forster Chambers and was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel in 2006.

    Prior to joining the private bar he had worked as the Director of Litigation with the Northern Territory Attorney-General’s Department and as a solicitor-advocate with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory.

    Chief Justice Grant also lectured in Torts, Taxation Law and Ethics at the Charles Darwin University over a period of some four years.

    Chief Justice Grant’s other appointments have included Statutory Supervisor of the Northern Territory Legal Profession from 2007 to 2016, President of the Health Professional Review Tribunal (and the predecessor tribunal) from 2000 until 2008, member of the Executive of the Northern Territory Bar Association, member of the Legal Practitioners Admission Board, and Bar Association representative on the Council of the Law Society. He was also an Inaugural Member of the Australian Rugby Union National Judicial Committee.

    Conference Paper: “Citizenship, Allegiance and Government Office – Constitutional Prescriptions from the Ancient Greeks to Today”.

  • Professor Edith Hall

    Professor Edith Hall

    Professor of Classics, King’s College, London

    Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College London.

    She has held previous posts at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Reading. She has published more than 20 books on the ancient Greek world and its continuing influence, including Introducing the Ancient Greeks (2014).

    As a consultant with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, she has worked on several professional productions of ancient drama, and she contributes regularly to BBC radio documentaries.

    In 2015 Edith was awarded the Erasmus prize of the European Academy, and in 2017 she was made an Honorary Doctor of the National & Capodistrian University of Athens.

    Conference Paper: “Staging Justice: Jury Trials in Athenian Drama”

  • Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

    Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

    Judge of the Supreme Court, Canada

    Justice Andromache Karakatsanis was called to the bar in 1982. After several years in private practice, she was appointed Chair and CEO of the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario.

    Justice Karakatsanis also served as Secretary of the Ontario Native Affairs Secretariat and as Deputy Attorney General.

    In 2000 she became Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council. As the senior public servant in Ontario, Justice Karakatsanis provided leadership to the Deputy Ministers and the Ontario Public Service.

    In her private life, she volunteered on numerous boards, including the Public Policy Forum and the Canadian Policy and Research Networks (CPRN), and she chaired the Board of Directors of the Toronto YMCA.

    Justice Karakatsanis served more than seven years as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In March 2010, she was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada in October 2011.

    Conference Paper: The Role of Advocacy – Oral and Written

  • Jason Karas

    Jason Karas

    Founding Principal, Lipman Karas

    Jason Karas is a leading international corporate litigator and advocate, with an outstanding track record in the investigation, litigation and resolution of complex commercial, financial and insolvency disputes.

    Jason practices principally in company law, cross-border insolvency and professional negligence in financial and commercial matters, throughout the Asia Pacific region and internationally. Over the past two decades, he has been retained in lead roles on multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation arising out of major corporate collapses.

    Jason commenced legal practice in 1993, having previously worked as an Associate for Justice Brian Cox of the Supreme Court of South Australia. Between 1998 and 2004 he was a partner at Fisher Jeffries. Together with Skip Lipman, he founded Lipman Karas in 2004 and established the Hong Kong office in 2009.

    In 2013, Jason was one of the first lawyers in Hong Kong to be granted Higher Rights of Audience for civil proceedings and is frequently in the High Court, Companies Court and Court of Appeal, conducting hearings as Solicitor Advocate.

  • Justice Stephen Kós

    Justice Stephen Kós

    President of New Zealand Court of Appeal

    Justice Stephen Kós graduated LLB (Hons) from Victoria University in 1981 and LLM from Cambridge University in 1985.

    He became a partner in Perry Wylie Pope & Page in 1985, and in Russell McVeagh in 1988. He joined the independent bar in 2005, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel
    in 2007. His principal fields of practice were commercial and environmental litigation.

    He is an Honorary Fellow at the Victoria University Law School, where he taught restitution, evidence and civil procedure, and was formerly Pro-Chancellor of Massey University and Chairman of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

    Justice Kós was appointed to the High Court in April 2011, and to the Court of Appeal in September 2015. He was appointed President of the Court of Appeal with effect from 22 July 2016.

    Conference Paper: “Aristotle and All That – Finding the Foundations of Fiduciary Law”.

  • Chief Justice Chris Kourakis

    Chief Justice Chris Kourakis

    Chief Justice of South Australia

    The Honourable Chief Justice Kourakis began his legal education at Adelaide University.

    He was admitted to practice in 1982, where he articled at Johnston Withers McCusker. He was called to the bar in 1989 after spending several years at the Legal Services Commission and then at a suburban practice.

    In 1993 his Honour was appointed as the Legal Services Commissioner and continued in that role until 1997. He took silk in 1997 and was elected President of the Law Society in 2001.

    His Honour was appointed as Solicitor-General of South Australia on 3 February 2003. He remained in that position until his appointment to the bench of the Supreme
    Court on 21 August 2008 and was appointed Chief Justice on 25 June 2012.

    His Honour has been the National Patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association since 2014. Most recently his Honour was conferred a Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Flinders University in April 2015.

  • Justice Emilios Kyrou

    Justice Emilios Kyrou

    Judge of Appeal, Victoria

    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 is a 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.

    Conference Paper: “Ethical Conflicts – Classical and Current”

  • Professor Adriaan Lanni

    Professor Adriaan Lanni

    Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    Adriaan Lanni is the Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

    She teaches courses in criminal law and procedure and legal history. Her publications include Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens (CUP 2006), Law and Order in Ancient Athens (CUP 2016) and several articles on ancient law and the modern criminal jury.

    Before joining Harvard Law School in 2005, she clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court.

    She received a B.A., summa cum laude, in Classical Civilization from Yale University, an M.Phil. in Classics from Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan.

    She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation. She is currently writing a book on criminal justice in classical Athens.

    Conference Paper: Fairness and Justice in Ancient and Modern Criminal Justice

  • Justice Robert Mazza

    Justice Robert Mazza

    Judge of Appeal, Western Australia

    Justice Mazza was educated at St Louis School, Claremont and the University of Western Australia.

    He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1980 and was admitted to practice in 1981. His Honour practised predominantly in the area of criminal law. In 2002 he was appointed as Deputy President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal. In 2004 he was appointed a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia.

    In 2010 his Honour was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and in 2011 he became a Judge of the Court of Appeal.

    Justice Mazza is a former President of The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) and a current trustee of the Notre Dame University Australia.

    Conference Paper: Some aspects of the law of evidence in Ancient Athens.

  • Chief Justice Helen Murrell

    Chief Justice Helen Murrell

    Chief Justice of Australian Capital Territory

    The Hon Justice Helen Murrell holds a BA/LLB (UNSW) and a Diploma of Criminology (University of Sydney).

    She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1977, and admitted to the bar in 1981. In 1994, her Honour was appointed as the first Environmental Counsel to the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

    In 1995, her Honour was appointed Senior Counsel. During 1996 to 2013 her Honour was a Judge of the District Court of NSW, an Acting Judge of the Land and Environment Court, President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal of NSW, and Deputy President of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal of NSW (Equal Opportunity Division). Her Honour assisted to establish the Drug Court of NSW.

    In 1999 her Honour was a member of the United Nations Expert Working Group on Drug Courts. From 2005 to 2013 her Honour was Deputy Chairperson of the NSW Medical Tribunal.

    Her Honour was appointed the Chief Justice of the Australian Capital Territory in 2013.

    She is the Chair of the Council of the National Judicial College of Australia, and represents the Supreme Courts of the States and Territories.

    Conference Paper: Balancing Passion and Reason in Sentencing: A Sisphyean Task & (PDF of accompanying powerpoint)

  • Justice Melissa Perry

    Justice Melissa Perry

    Justice of the Federal Court of Australia

    Justice Melissa Perry was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2013.

    Her Honour graduated in Law from Adelaide University with 1st class honours, and was awarded an LLM and PhD in public international law from the University of Cambridge, receiving the Yorke Prize for her doctorate. She practiced at the Bar in Australia from 1992 to 2013, being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004, and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012.

    Justice Perry serves as a Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force Legal Specialist Reserves. She is also a member of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity established by the Council of Chief Justices and chaired the specialist committee appointed by the JCCD to prepare recommendations for working with interpreters in court and tribunals.

    Her Honour is a Fellow and former director of the Australian Academy of Law. Among other roles, she is a member of the advisory boards for the Centre for International and Public Law (Australian National University) and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law (University of New South Wales).

    She served for many years on the Administrative Review Council, an independent statutory body which monitored and advised on federal administrative law.

    Conference Paper: “Water, Territory and Role of History”

  • Justice Anthe Philippides

    Justice Anthe Philippides

    Judge of Appeal, Queensland

    Justice Anthe Philippides graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts (1979) and a Bachelor of Laws (1982) with First Class Honours and the University

    Justice Philippides obtained a Master of Law at Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius College) in 1985. Justice Philippides was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1984 and took silk in 1999. While at the bar, Justice Philippides developed particular expertise in maritime law and was elected President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. Her Honour has served on the Port of Brisbane Corporation, Maritime Industry Consultative Council and the Australian National Maritime Museum. She is a titular member of the Comité Maritime Internationale.

    Her Honour was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 2000, becoming the first woman of Hellenic heritage to be appointed to a superior court in Australia, and was appointed to the Court of Appeal in December 2014.

    She is the Queensland Patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association. Her Honour has served as honorary Vice Consul for Cyprus in Queensland.

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