LRSJ Seminar: Access to Justice and the Rule of Law

Date & time
5–6pm Friday 29 March 2019

Law Lecture Theatre
5 Fellows Road
Acton, ACT 2601

The Hon Justice Rachel Pepper


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Presented by Law Reform and Social Justice

ANU College of Law Visiting Judicial Fellow Program
The Hon Justice Rachel Pepper

Join Justice Rachel Pepper (BA ’91, LLB (Hons) ’94), Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW, as she explores access to justice and the rule of law. There is an undeniable connection between access to justice and the rule of law, including an environmental rule of law. Enacting barriers to justice, for example, by restricting the standing to citizens to challenge exercises of executive power affecting the environment undermine access to justice, and therefore, have a tendency to diminish the rule of law. At a time when trust in public institutions is ebbing in Australia, attempts to limit access to justice warrant close examination as to their justification and efficacy.

This event is supported by ANU Law’s Visiting Judges Program.


  • The Hon Justice Rachel Pepper »

    Justice Pepper was appointed as a Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW in May 2009.

    From 1997 until her appointment in 2009, Justice Pepper practised as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar. Her principal areas of practice were general commercial law and public law, including constitutional and administrative law. While at the bar, Justice Pepper was a member of Bar Council from 2000-2009 and was Secretary of the Bar Council from 2006 to 2009. Prior to being called to the bar, Justice Pepper was the Associate to Justice Michael McHugh AC in the High Court of Australia.

    In March 2015 Justice Pepper was the inaugural judge-in-residence at the Australian National University’s Centre for International and Public Law at the ANU College of Law.

    In 2017 she was appointed Chair of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Gas Reservoirs and Associated Activities in the Northern Territory. And she is currently an ambassador for Twenty10.

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