AACL lectures in December and the new year
The Australian Association of Constitutional Law will host lectures on Monday, 12 December 2016 and Thursday, 16 February 2017.
Comparative Courts Roundup: Special Discussion on Future Directions for the US Supreme Court after Clinton v Trump
The lecture will be delivered by Associate Professor David Fontana (George Washington University), Professor Philip Weiser (University of Colorado) and Professor Rosalind Dixon (UNSW) on Monday, 12 December 2016 at 5.30pm – 7.00pm in Courtroom 18B, Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square.
In conjunction with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW and the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
2017 George Winterton Memorial Lecture: Sir Owen Dixon Today
The lecture will be delivered by the Honourable Professor William Gummow AC QC on Thursday, 16 February 2017 at 6.15pm for 6.30pm – 7.45pm in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of NSW, Queens Square.
More than half a century since his retirement and nearly 90 years since he joined the High Court, Sir Owen Dixon remains at the forefront of the judicial pantheon. Yet in the period following his death in 1972 some law teachers and even judges tended, to his detriment, to associate with Dixon the epithet "legalism"; this was seen to cloak undisclosed "policy choices" and, at best, as a crippling formalism. But even a cursory reading of decisions over the last 20 years reveals continued recourse to his judgments. This paper seeks to indicate how Dixon's reputation was acquired and the characteristics of his thought and work which today sustain much of that reputation.
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