After retiring from the High Court in February, Michael Kirby was this week elected to the council of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA)
Kirby's appointment marks the first time in the Institute's history that a former High Court Judge has been elected to the position.
The appointment comes after a long history with the IAMA for Kirby, who when acting as Chairman of the Australian law Reform Commission in 1976, delivered a keynote address, "The Law and Commercial Arbitration" at the institute's inaugural dinner in Canberra.
"The views he outlined in that paper are as relevant today as they were 30 plus years ago," said Gianna Totaro, acting chief executive of IAMA.
"It is a great honour and privilege for us at the institute to welcome him back in his new role as a member of the IAMA Council."
- Angela Priestley