The University of Queensland Law School, together with the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, is proud to host the conference Judicial independence in Australia: contemporary challenges, future directions to be held at the University of Queensland on 10-11 July 2015. The conference is sponsored by the Magna Carta Committee of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia.

The conference will bring together leading scholars and members of the profession to discuss the nature and importance of judicial independence in Australia, and to debate controversies and challenges to the principle at federal, state and territory levels.

Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges, Future Directions will feature:

  • A Keynote Address by Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia,.
  • Papers by The Hon Justice Martin Daubney, and Professors John Williams, George Williams AO, Suri Ratnapala, HP Lee, Brian Opeskin, Fiona Wheeler, Heather Douglas, James Allan, Andrew Lynch, Rosalind Dixon, and other leading legal scholars.
  • Sessions hosted by sitting and retired judges of the Queensland Supreme Court and Federal Court of Australia.  

The Conference is designed for members of the legal profession as well as academics. It will discuss a range of themes, including:

  • Judicial decision-making
  • Judicial appointments and tenure
  • Extra-judicial activities
  • Criticism of judges
  • Judicial diversity
  • Social media and the courts
  • Global perspectives on judicial independence


The Judicial Independence Conference is generously supported by the Magna Carta Committee of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia. The Magna Carta was and remains an important statement of the principles of the rule of law and independent legal judgment. The 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta will occur in June 2015. More information can be found at

Information correct as at date of event.

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