Nineteenth Geoffrey Sawer Lecture - Appellate decision making: based on evidence, judicial notice, or . . .?

Date & time
6–7.30pm Thursday 27 October 2016

Finkel Lecture Theatre

John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, The Australian National University

The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett, AO SC
Nicole Harman

Presented by The Centre for International & Public Law


Part of the Annual Geoffrey Sawer Lecture series

The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett, AO SC

What do appellate courts do when faced with an argument or an issue not raised below? What do appellate courts do when they want to, or are asked to, come to a conclusion as to which there is no evidence?  The principles seem clear but are they practised? Do courts confine themselves to issues raised or not raised by the parties?  Where do popularly held views, or personal specialised knowledge, fit in?

The Sawer Lecture will be followed by the Public Law Weekend on Friday 28 October in the Vision Theatre at the National Museum of Australia.


  • The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett, AO SC »

    The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC is a retired Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and as an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT, having previously practised as a Senior Counsel specialising in intellectual property.

    She is currently Chancellor of Bond University; an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; Member of the Board of Directors of the Garvan Institute; Member of the Advisory Council of Questacon; Member and past President of Chief Executive Women; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Bennett was formerly Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University.


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