BAQ and ABA join forces for 2020 Conference for the whole profession - Early Bird tickets available


In 2020 the Bar Association of Queensland joins with the Australian Bar Association to host its annual conference in Brisbane. From the Welcome event on Thursday 5 March through to its conclusion on Saturday 7 March, the conference will bring together legal professionals from across Australia in a two-day intensive program.

Early Bird pricing will be available until 31 January, click here to register.

The Conference boasts an unparalleled panel of expert speakers across a diverse range of topics, including:

  • The Honourable Justice Malcolm Wallis, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa (Keynote Speaker)
  • The Honourable Justice Patrick Keane AC, High Court of Australia
  • The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia
  • The Honourable Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • The Honourable Thomas Bathurst AC, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • The Honourable William Alstergren, Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia
  • The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • The Honourable Justice Sue Brown, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • The Honourable Justice Elizabeth Wilson, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Her Honour Judge Judith Gibson, District Court of New South Wales
  • Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean of Law, Monash University
  • Professor David Rolph, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Dr Mark O'Brien, Medical Director, Cognitive Institute

Along with barristers:

  • Rebecca Treston QC
  • Matthew Howard SC (WA Bar, ABA President)
  • Sandy Thompson QC S-G
  • John McKenna QC
  • Peter Dunning QC
  • Kylie Downes QC
  • Ian Robertson (SA Bar)
  • Matt Collins AM QC (Vic Bar)
  • Saul Holt QC
  • Cate Heyworth-Smith QC
  • Dominique Hogan-Doran S.C. (NSW Bar)
  • Robert Anderson QC
  • Damien Atkinson OAM QC
  • Sydney John Williams QC
  • Patrick McCafferty QC
  • Kylie Evans (Vic Bar)
  • Geraldine Dann

Event Presenters:

Conference Welcome: the renowned Australian and human rights campaigner, Ben Quilty. Mr Quilty will discusses his experiences as a war artist in Afghanistan and his reflections on society and the law.

Conference Dinner: Dr Munjed Al Muderis, Associate Professor Orthopaedic Surgeon, author and human rights activist. Dr Munjed Al Muderis has done pioneering work on prosthetics, especially on titanium devices. Al Muderis was born in Iraq and became a surgeon under the regime of Saddam Hussein will address the Conference Dinner.

View the preliminary program here

The Conference venue is the W Hotel Brisbane, this 5-star luxury hotel is in the heart of the city on the edge of the iconic Brisbane River, with cosmopolitan finesse and eclectic vibes it epitomizes Australia's new world city. Conference and stay at the W Hotel from as little as $260 pn including breakfast. Accommodation availability is strictly limited: register today to avoid disappointment.

Places are limited, with the conference open to all legal professions, so I encourage you to register early to secure your place.

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