Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture
The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture is an annual event held by the Law School of the University of Newcastle, Australia. The first lecture was delivered by former Governor-General of Australia Sir Ninian Stephen in 1993, to celebrate the establishment of the Bachelor of Laws program at the University. This event continues under his name, and is generally held in the early weeks of the academic year. The 2016 lecture was delivered on 29 April 2016 by Justice Virginia Bell of the High Court of Australia titled " Equality, proportionality and Dignity: The Guiding Principles for a Just Legal system."
Sir Ninian Stephen Lecturers
- 1993, Sir Ninian Stephen, "Our Democratic Constitution"
- 1994, Justice Michael McHugh, "The Growth of Legislation and Litigation"
- 1995, Justice Deirdre O'Connor, "The Effect of Australia's International Obligations on the Development of Our System of Industrial Relations"
- 1996, Justice Murray Gleeson, "The Secrecy of Jury Deliberations"
- 1997, Justice Michael Kirby, "Constitutional Centenary and the Counting of Blessings"
- 1998, Gordon Samuels, "No More Cabs on the Rank? Some Reflections about the Future of Legal Practice"
- 1999, Justice James Spigelman, "Statutory Interpretation: Identify the Linguistic Register"
- 2000, Sir Gerard Brennan, "Principle and Independence: The Guardians of Freedom"
- 2001, Garth Nettheim, "Making a Difference: Reconciling our Differences"
- 2002, Hilary Charlesworth, "International Law and Australian Law in the 21st Century"
- 2003, Noel Pearson, "The High Court's Abandonment of the 'Time Honoured Methodology of the Common Law' in its Interpretation of Native Title in Mirriuwung Gajerrong and Yorta Yorta"
- 2004, Julian Burnside, "The Practice of Law: Justice or Just a Job"
- 2005, Margaret Cunneen, "Living Within the Law"
- 2006, Frank Brennan, "Confessions of an Erstwhile Land Rights Advocate"
- 2007, Graeme Innes, "Using the Law to Make a Difference"
- 2008, Justice John Basten, "Human Rights and the Rule of Law"
- 2009, Stephen Gageler, "Fact and Law"
- 2010, Hal Wootten, "Finding a Life in the Law"
- 2011, Justice Julie Ward, "The Modern Day Fusion Falacy - Should There Be a Separate Bar?"
- 2012, Kevin Lindgren, "The Rule of Law: Its State of Health in Australia"
- 2013, Nicola Roxon, "Breathing value into your law degree"
- 2014 Justice Robert French, "The Practising of Law in a Global Neighbourhood"
- 2015 Professor Neil Rees, "I look ahead"
- 2016 Justice Virginia Bell, "Equality, Proportionality and Dignity : The Guiding Principles for a Just Legal System"