The Sir Harry Gibbs lecture is organised by the University of Queensland Law Society and the TC Beirne School of Law.  It is delivered to UQ students and staff by a prominent legal, political or community figure speaking on important contemporary issues.

The Society, the largest independent student organisation in Queensland, was founded in 1937 by Sir Harry Gibbs. The Society aims to enrich the law school experience for our members, many of which have gone on to achieve great success as community leaders, legal practitioners, political figures and members of the judiciary.

In keeping with that mission, the annual Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture was established in 2012 to engage prominent legal and political figures to address students and staff of the UQ Law School on important contemporary issues. Past speakers include Mr Julian Burnside AO QC, Professor Graeme Orr, the Honourable Justice Patrick Keane and the Honourable George Brandis QC, Attorney General for Australia. The popularity of the lecture has grown since its creation, with approximately 400 attendees at the 2016 lecture given by the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG.


2021 Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture

21 September 2021 6:15pm7:15pm
Jo-Anne Bragg, General Counsel for the Environmental Defenders Office, talks about cultural change and the legal profession.
Deng Thiak Adut

UQLS Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture

16 September 2019 6:00pm
Guest speaker: Mr Deng Thiak Adut. Host: Aidan Byrne, Provost.

2018 MinterEllison Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture

17 September 2018 6:45pm8:30pm
Guest speaker: Noel Pearson

Who Can Be an MP? The Constitution, the High Court and the Disqualification Farce

16 October 2017 6:00pm8:00pm
Should electors be able to elect any fellow elector? Or should there be constitutional barriers to potential MPs? Are such barriers workable, and what are their impacts on minor party candidates especially?