Themes in Democracy - Liberty, Justice and Human Rights

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) is delighted to announce registrations are now open for the Association’s International Legal Conference to be held in Rhodes, Greece from 5-10 July 2020.

Speakers and Conference Theme

The Conference has attracted, as speakers, a number of eminent jurists and scholars. We are privileged to have as keynote speaker The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC, of the High Court of Australia.

Several Chief Justices and Judges of Appeal, along with other international jurists, will speak on a number of different topics, related to the Conference theme of Themes in Democracy – Liberty, Justice and Human Rights.

Please find further details about Conference speakers below.

The Conference will feature engaging topics for lawyers and accompanying persons, whether or not of Hellenic background, and will provide opportunities to witness amazing historical sites and cultural activities.

Register Early to Secure your Place and receive Discounted Registration and Accommodation Rates

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Discounted conference and accommodation rates are available to those who register by 13 December 2019 (should the conference not be booked out earlier).

In order to secure your place at the conference, as well as  your preferred accommodation, we recommend you register early.

The number of places available for Delegates and Accompanying Persons at the Conference is limited.

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Conference Design are receiving bookings and payment for Conference registration on behalf of HAL, as well as coordinating accommodation at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort (which is the venue for the Conference).

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Interest already received suggests that registrations for the Conference will be closed well before the event.

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Finding Out More

For more information, download our latest Conference Information Guide and the details of speakers. There is also a Guide for the optional Conference Cultural Tours which are included in the registration fees.

Special rates for Conference registration and accommodation at Rhodes Sheraton Resort are available for members of HAL and those who book early.

Become a member of HAL and reduce your registration fees

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.

The Conference registration fee is reduced for members who register and book accommodation at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort, at the same time for a minimum of six nights, by at least double the yearly membership fee.

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.

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Major Sponsor

HAL is delighted to have Lipman Karas as Major Sponsor of the 2020 HAL International Legal Conference.

Other Sponsors

HAL also appreciates sponsorship from the sponsors below.

Past Conference

You can read a report on the 2018 HAL International Legal Conference and access papers from the 2018 Conference on the HAL Papers and Speeches section.

We would be delighted if you are able to join us on the historic island of Rhodes.

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

Conference Speakers

The Chair of the Conference Program Committee is The Hon Justice Anthe Philippides.

The Program will be updated regularly as further information on topics is received, as well as additional overseas speakers.

  • The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC

    The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC

    High Court of Australia

    Stephen John Gageler was appointed to the High Court in October 2012. At the time of his appointment he was Solicitor-General of Australia.

    He is a graduate of the Australian National University and has post-graduate qualifications from Harvard University. He was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000.

    Before his appointment as Solicitor-General in 2008, he practised as a barrister extensively throughout Australia principally in constitutional law, administrative law and commercial law.

  • Chief Justice Alan Blow AO

    Chief Justice Alan Blow AO

    Chief Justice of Tasmania
    HAL Tasmanian Chapter Patron

    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.

  • Chief Justice Michael Grant

    Chief Justice Michael Grant

    Chief Justice of Northern Territory
    HAL NT Chapter Patron

    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.

  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

    Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC

    Doughty Street Chambers

    Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is currently Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

    Helena 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.

    She 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.

  • Chief Justice Chris Kourakis

    Chief Justice Chris Kourakis

    Chief Justice of South Australia
    HAL National & SA Chapter Patron

    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
    HAL Victorian Chapter Patron

    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.

     

  • Lord Ken Macdonald QC

    Lord Ken Macdonald of River Glaven Kt QC

    Warden of Wadham College, University of Oxford.

    Ken Macdonald QC is Warden of Wadham College Oxford and has practised at the Bar since 1978.

    A founder member of the leading UK human rights practice Matrix Chambers, and the first prominent defence lawyer to be appointed Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, which post he held between 2003-2008, he was knighted for services to the law in 2007.

    He is a past Visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, a former Chair of Reprieve, the international anti-death penalty organisation, a Bencher of the Inner Temple and a member of the law faculty of the University of Oxford.

    In 2010, he became a Deputy High Court Judge and a member of the House of Lords, where he sits as a cross-bencher.

    He writes regularly on the law, security and politics and since 2015 he has been Chair of the Orwell Foundation, which awards the UK’s premier prizes for political writing and journalism.

  • Chief Justice Helen Murrell

    Chief Justice Helen Murrell

    Chief Justice of Australian Capital Territory
    HAL ACT Chapter Patron

    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.

  • Justice Melissa Perry

    Justice Melissa Perry

    Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
    HAL NSW Chapter Patron

    Justice Melissa Perry is the Patron of the NSW Chapter of HAL. Her Honour was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2013 and, among other commissions, is a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal.

    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. Her doctorate on State Succession, Boundaries and Territorial Regimes received the Yorke Prize. 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 where she joined Inner Temple.

    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 which were published in late 2017.

    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), the Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (University of Adelaide), and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law (University of New South Wales). Justice Perry also served for many years on the Administrative Review Council, an independent statutory body which monitored and advised on federal administrative law.

  • Justice Anthe Philippides

    Justice Anthe Philippides

    Judge of Appeal, Queensland
    HAL Queensland Chapter Patron

    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 Medal.

    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.

  • Chief Justice Peter Quinlan

    Chief Justice Peter Quinlan

    Chief Justice of Western Australia
    HAL WA Chapter Patron

    Peter Damien Quinlan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 13 August 2018. He was appointed as a Judge of the Court, a Judge of the Court of Appeal and as the Chief Justice of Western Australia.

    He was born in Perth on 16 June 1970 and attended John XXIII College.

    He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1995 from the University of Western Australia.

    Chief Justice Quinlan was Professional Assistant to K H Parker AO QC, Solicitor General for Western Australia, from 1993-1994, and Judge’s Associate to the Hon Justice Parker, Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1995.

    From 1996-2001, he was a Legal Officer (and ultimately Assistant Crown Counsel) at the WA Crown Solicitor’s Office before joining the Independent Bar in 2001. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.

    The Chief Justice was appointed Solicitor General for Western Australia on 1 July 2016 and served in this role until his appointment to the Bench.

    He served as President, WA Bar Association from 2012-2015, Board of Governors at the University of Notre Dame from 2008 and Director of the Law Council of Australia from 2012-2014.

     

  • Justice Kevin Zervos

    Justice Kevin Zervos

    Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court of Hong Kong

    Mr Justice Kevin Zervos, SC, is a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court of Hong Kong. He was first appointed to the judiciary in September 2013, having served as the Director of Public Prosecutions in Hong Kong.

    He hails from Melbourne where he obtained Bachelor degrees in Science and in Law from Monash University, in 1975 and 1977 respectively. He later obtained a Masters of Laws (Human Rights) from the University of Hong Kong in 2009.

    He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1978 and as a barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1991. He was admitted as a barrister in Hong Kong in 2001 and appointed as Senior Counsel in 2003.

    He began his legal career as a solicitor in private practice and later joined the then Special Prosecutors Office in the investigation and prosecution of revenue fraud cases. In 1986, he was appointed Senior Assistant Director of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions at the Melbourne and Sydney offices in charge of Major Fraud. From 1989 to 1992, he was General Counsel to the Independent Commission Against Corruption in New South Wales.

    In 1992, he was appointed as a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Hong Kong which later became known as the Department of Justice. He initially specialised in dealing with white-collar crime cases and then moved on to conducting cases on appeal or review involving constitutional and human rights issues.


2020 HAL International Legal Conference Program*

  • Sunday 5 July

    4.00pm-8.00pm Conference Registration Sheraton Rhodes Resort,
    Imperial Ballroom Lobby (Level 7)
  • Monday 6 July

    7.00am-8.00am Conference Registration Imperial Ballroom Lobby
    9:00am-1:30pm Archaeological Museum (Hospital of the Knights), Old Town and Mandraki Harbour Cultural Tour (Optional) Coaches departing Sheraton Rhodes Resort
    6:30pm Coaches departing Sheraton Rhodes Resort for Opening
    7:30pm-11:30pm Conference Opening and Welcome Reception Kallithea Springs
  • Tuesday 7 July

    9:30am-10:20am Conference Welcome and Keynote Address Imperial Ballroom
    10:20am-10:50am Morning Tea Imperial Ballroom
    10:50am-12:50pm Plenary Session Imperial Ballroom
    12:50pm-2:20pm Lunch Castellania Restaurant (Sheraton)
    2:20pm-3:45pm Plenary Session Imperial Ballroom
    3:45pm-4:15pm Afternoon Tea Imperial Ballroom
    4:15pm-5:20pm Plenary Session Imperial Ballroom
  • Wednesday 8 July

    9:00am-3:30pm Kritinia Castle and Embona Village Cultural Tour (Optional) Coaches departing Sheraton Rhodes Resort
  • Thursday 9 July

    9:30am-11:00am Plenary Session Imperial Ballroom
    11:00am-11:30am Morning Tea Imperial Ballroom
    11:30am-1:00pm Plenary Session Imperial Ballroom
    1:00pm-2:30pm Lunch Castellania Restaurant (Sheraton)
    2:30pm-4:00pm Plenary Session Imperial Ballroom
    8:00pm-11:30pm Closing Dinner Sheraton Rhodes Resort Mediterraneo Restaurant
  • Friday 10 July

    2:00pm-7:30pm Profitis Ilias and Ancient City of Kamiros Cultural Tour (Optional) Coaches departing Sheraton Rhodes Resort

*subject to change