5.15pm Registration 

5.30pm The Chair, The Hon Justice Soraya Ryan, Supreme Court of Queensland, will introduce the speaker, The Hon Margaret McMurdo AC, President, Queensland Court of Appeal, and commentator, Professor Heather Douglas, University of Melbourne.

6.45pm Refreshments in the foyer


This seminar will discuss recent proposals to reforming the laws relating to domestic violence, considering how one might better accommodate the needs of justice and the protection of victims, including the potential creation of a new offense of ‘coercive control.’ Fuller details to follow.


Registrations are now open via the Bar Association of Queensland:

BAQ members     Non-members

About Current Legal Issues Seminar Series

Launched in 2009, Current Legal Issues is a high profile series of seminars featuring leading national and international legal scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary.

The series is a collaboration between UQ Law, the Bar Association of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library. It seeks to bring together leading scholars, practitioners and members of the Judiciary in Queensland and from abroad, with a view to:

  • providing a forum for the critical analysis and discussion of current legal issues
  • bringing to bear upon those issues the different perspectives offered by leading academics, legal professionals and the Judiciary
  • forging stronger links between academic and practising lawyers in Queensland.

Each seminar will comprise a Chair, Speaker, and Commentator. The Chair will introduce the Speaker and Commentator. A paper will then be presented by a leading practitioner or academic lawyer, and will be subject to a brief, expert commentary. There will then be an opportunity for members of the floor to ask questions and engage in further discussion. The paper and a short profile of each participant will be available in advance on this website to assist in facilitating full discussion.


The Banco Court
Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
415 George Street