The Annual Kirby Lecture in International Law: New Zealand, Australia and International Human Rights: 1919-2019

Date & time
6–7pm Thursday 4 July 2019

Molonglo Theatre

JG Crawford Building #132
Lennox Crossing

Sir Kenneth Keith


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Presented by the Centre for International & Public Law

Public lecture

Part of the Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law series

Ken Keith

In this tribute to the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC will reflect on international human rights issues in which Australia and New Zealand have engaged over the past century. Why have the members of the three branches of government of the two countries taken concordant or discordant positions on those matters? What roles have the academy and the wider public played?

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.


  • Sir Kenneth Keith »

    Professor Emeritus Kenneth Keith of the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, taught law there for more than 20 years. Early in his working life he was a legal officer in the Department of External Affairs and the United Nations Secretariat. Later he became involved in law and constitutional reform, including being an inaugural member and later President of the Law Commission. He has served as a member of appellate courts in the Pacific and as an international arbitrator. In 1995 he was appointed to the New Zealand Court of Appeal and later to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He was one of the five original members of the Supreme Court in 2004. He was elected a member of the International Court of Justice and held that office from 2006 to 2015.

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