What are the many faces of reasonableness and can you tame it?

Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Robert French AC. Photo: supplied.

Two distinguished legal minds – one Australian and one American - will explore the many legal facets of reasonableness and rationality in Australian and US administrative law in Canberra on 15 March.

The Honourable Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, and Professor Jerry Mashaw, Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer, Yale University will share the platform at an evening seminar at the Australian National University.

Jointly sponsored by the ANU College of Law and the Australian Academy of Law, the seminar is aimed at legal practitioners, public administrators, legislators, academics and students.

ANU Distinguished Law Professor Peter Cane said the ANU was very fortunate to be able to host such a high level exchange of ideas between Chief Justice French and Professor Mashaw.

“Besides being Australia’s ‘top judge’, Chief Justice French is also well-known and respected for his extra-judicial writings on administrative law and other legal topics. His interest in US law - he is a member of the American Law Institute - makes him an ideal interlocutor of Professor Mashaw,” Professor Cane said.

“For his part, Professor Mashaw is a legal academic of the highest stature and one of the greatest public lawyers of the second half of the 20th Century.

“He has greatly deepened and enriched our understanding of government power and how it is controlled and has also been a significant innovator in the methods of public law research,” he said.

Further details and RSVP via the ANU College of Law website.

BY LYN LARKIN

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