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Learned judges go back to school

Learned judges go back to school

Two prominent former Federal Court judges have joined the teaching ranks at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Ronald Sackville QC and Margaret Stone have rejoined the UNSW Law School.

Sackville, a Federal Court judge for 15 years and the former chairman of the NSW Law Reform Commission, was previously the dean of the university’s law school between 1979 and 1981.

He will speak about his career at the public lecture series, Justice Talks, in late March.

Sackville is known for providing forthright views when addressing legal seminars or conferences.

In August last year, at a seminar on class actions at Clayton Utz, he criticised the lack of regulation for litigation funders.

“The Government justified the lack of regulation on funders because it improves access to justice, but access to justice is not really advanced when you have a business model that says ‘we will only provide assistance for those cases that are going to win’,” he said.

Margaret Stone will also be joining Sackville at UNSW.

Stone retired from the bench last March after a 12-year stint as a Justice of the Federal Court.

Previous to her judicial appointment, she had a distinguished career in academia, teaching at the UNSW Law School for more than 15 years, holding the title of sub-dean in 1981.

Sackville and Stone join former president of the NSW Court of Appeal, Keith Mason QC, and the former NSW director of public prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdrey QC, at the UNSW Law School.

The dean of the UNSW Law School is professor David Dixon.

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