The Rule of Law Institute of Australia is very pleased to announce that it will be the sponsor of a conference on the topic of “Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges, Future Directions” to be held in the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland on 10-11 July 2015.

The independence of the judiciary in Australia is of the utmost importance and is fundamental to the rule of law. We often take the independence for granted but it faces contemporary challenges which will be addressed in this conference. The Magna Carta dealt with this in a practical way providing:

“We shall not make justices, constables, sheriffs or bailiffs who do not know the law of the land and wish to observe it well.”

Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, will be delivering the conference’s keynote address on 10 July 2015.

Confirmed speakers to date include John Williams, George Williams, Suri Ratnapala, Fiona Wheeler, Andrew Lynch, James Stellios, Patrick Emerton and Gabrielle Appleby.