The TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland, 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

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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.


Click here for directions to UQ St Lucia Campus.
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College Accommodation (on campus at UQ, St Lucia)

St Leo’s College (College Rd, St Lucia)

Duchesne College (College Road, St Lucia)
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Hotels – Close to UQ

The Jephson Hotel at Toowong – 4 star
63 Jephson Street, Cnr Sherwood Road, Toowong, 10mins bus ride to the city, plenty of transport available - Phone 61 7 3736 4400

Chasely Apartments – 3.5 star
435 Coronation Drive, (Cnr of Chasely Street) Auchenflower, 10mins bus ride to the city, with plenty of transport available - Phone 61 7 3371 4000

The Toowong Motel
38 Jephson St (cnr. Lissner St.) Toowong

Inn on the Park
21 Patrick Lane Toowong

Benson Court Motel
61 Benson Street, Toowong


Online registration for this event has closed. Please contact UQ Law Events ( for further assistance.


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The program outlines the schedule for the conference as well as seminar abstracts. 

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