Michael Kirby to give free public lecture at Murdoch

October 18, 2011

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Former Justice of the High Court the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG will give a free public lecture at Murdoch University on October 26.

He will present the lecture 'Statutory and constitutional interpretation: the central task of lawyers today' at 3pm in the Freehills lecture theatre.

Upon his appointment to the Federal Court of Australia in 1983, Mr Kirby was the youngest man to be appointed to the federal judiciary.

Mr Kirby served as the President of the Court of Appeal of the Solomon Islands from 1995 to 1996 and was appointed to the Hight Court of Australia in 1996, where he remained until his retirement in 2009.

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1982 and received Australia’s highest civil honour of Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1991, the same year he was awarded the Human Rights Medal.

Mr Kirby has served on many national and international bodies, including the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); as President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); and currently as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group and the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

Media contact: Jo Manning
Tel: (08) 9360 2474  |  Mobile: 0408 201 309  |  Email: j.manning@murdoch.edu.au
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