Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law

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Established to recognise the long passion and service to International Law by The Hon Michael Kirby, this lecture series is delivered each year by notable experts and key legal office holders.

Past events

Professor Fleur Johns
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Professor Fleur Johns

The 2021 Annual Kirby Lecture in International, hosted by the Centre for Public and International Law, will be delivered by Professor Fleur Johns (UNSW Sydney).

Melissa Perry
6.00PM to 7.15PM
  • Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia

Water is key to the existence of life. From the nourishment of our physical selves, to sanitation, health, agriculture, and energy production our existence and way of life depends upon access to adequate and reliable supplies of fresh-water.

Justin Gleeson
6.30PM to 7.30PM
  • Justin Gleeson SC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Gerry Simpson
6.30PM to 7.30PM
  • Professor Gerry Simpson, The University of Melbourne

On 12 October 1915, an English nurse, Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans in Brussels and partly as a result, there emerged an almost entirely novel way of thinking about international law. Defeated enemies became ‘war criminals’, atrocities became ‘crimes against humanity’ and (a certain sort of) war became ‘aggression’. 

6.00PM to 7.30PM
  • Professor Andrew Byrnes, University of New South Wales

Historically and in established positive law the power to make international law and to interpret it authoritatively has been a prerogative claimed and exercised primarily by States. It is commonplace to note that the formal and informal participation of non-State actors (including civil society actors) in the making of international law is to be seen in many areas. 

Gillian Triggs
6.30PM to 7.30PM
  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organizations on human rights law. 

5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Judge Christopher Weeramantry, Former Judge of the International Court of Justice

Judge Christopher Weeramantry, AM is a former Judge of the International Court of Justice(ICJ) (1991 to 2000) serving as Vice-President of the ICJ from 1997 to 2000. Prior to that service, Justice Weeramantry was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972 and a Professor at Monash University. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Monash University.

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