Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture: Populism, the rule of law, natural justice and judicial independence

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Central Park Building Theatrette, Podium Level,
152-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

2017AUG01-Flyer-SRWL-Final.pdf (303.7 KB)

The Hon Robert French AC was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on
1 September 2008 and retired from that office on 29 January 2017. He is a graduate of the
University of Western Australia in science and law. He was admitted in 1972 and practised
as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia until 1983 when he went to the Independent
Bar. He was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in November 1986, an office he held until his appointment as Chief Justice on 1 September 2008. From 1994 to 1998 he was the President of the National Native Title Tribunal.
In 2010, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is a Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the American Law Institute, and an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and the Australian Bar Association. Since August 2016 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Law School at the University of Western Australia and a Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University since October 2016.

Year 12 Politics and Law ATAR Course syllabus items to be
Unit 3: Political and Legal Power
•     at least one contemporary issue (the last three years) relating
to political power and
•     at least one contemporary issue (the last three years) relating
to legal power
Unit 4: Accountability and rights
•     the accountability of the Commonwealth Parliament through
judicial review
•     the accountability of the Executive and public servants
through judicial review
•     the ways in which Australia and one other country can
both uphold and/or undermine democratic principles, with
reference to:
•    political representation
•    popular participation
•    the rule of law
•    judicial independence
•    natural justice

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