Current Legal Issues Seminars 2014

The ‘Objective’ Approach to Statutory Construction

Date Thursday 8 May 2014
Co-Speakers The Hon. Dyson Heydon AC QC

Professor Stefan Vogenauer, Professor of Comparative Law, University of Oxford

Chair Professor Bill Lane, Queensland University of Technology
Abstract Australian law has recently seen a vivid debate about ‘subjective’ and ‘objective’ approaches to statutory interpretation. The roles of ‘legislative intent’, ‘purpose’, text and context have been discussed and assessed afresh. Apart from the occasional glance at English case law, not much attention has been paid to how other jurisdictions approach the issue. This seminar will give a brief overview of how civil law systems and English lawyers frame the problem and resolve the tensions between the different approaches.
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The Right to Silence: Implications from the X7 Case

Date Thursday 17 July 2014
Speaker Peter Davis QC, President, Bar Association of Queensland
Commentator Tony Moynihan QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Queensland
Chair Professor Heather Douglas, University of Queensland
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Some Issues in the Law of Contract Interpretation in Australia

Date Thursday 28 August 2014
Presenter Professor David McLauchlan, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Commentator Declan Kelly QC, Barrister-at-Law, Queensland
Chair Prof Bill Duncan, Queensland University of Technology
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AIJA Oration: The Jackson Reforms and Civil Justice

Date Monday 22 September 2014
Speaker The Rt. Hon. the Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice, England and Wales
Chair The Hon. Justice May, Family Court of Australia, and President, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration
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