This year marks 200 years since the British Government controversially purchased the Parthenon Marbles from Lord Elgin and displayed them in the British Museum. The longstanding legal and diplomatic dispute about who owns them – Greece or the UK – continues to this day.

As Melbourne is home to one of the largest Greek diaspora communities in the world, it is fitting that the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) and Monash Law School are jointly hosting a moot court (simulated trial) and panel discussion on the dispute here.

It will be held on Wednesday 19 October 2016, with drinks and canapes from 5.30pm – 6.30pm, the moot court trial from 6.30pm – 7.15pm, concluding with a panel discussion and audience questions from 7.15pm – 8.00pm.

The location is Monash Law Chambers, 555 Londsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.

Tickets are $20 Students (HAL members), $20 Students (non-members), $35 HAL members (other than students), and $50 for all other attendees.

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Details of participants are outlined below.

Moot court:


  • Justice Emilios Kyrou, Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal
  • Justice Rita Zammit, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Justice Debra Mortimer, Federal Court of Australia

Counsel for Greece:

  • Mr Paul Anastassiou QC, President of the Victorian Bar

Counsel for the UK:

  • Mr Julian Burnside AO QC

Panel discussion:


  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission.

Monash University Panel:

  • Associate Professor Douglas Guilfoyle, international law expert
  • Dr Tria Gkouvas, legal philosopher
  • Dr Andrew Connor, ancient historian
  • Dr Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides, classicist

HAL – Elefteria (Teri) Konstantinou
T: 0418 993 699 | E:

Monash University – Chris Roberts, Industry and Experience Manager
T: 0403 232 645 | E: