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US judge to headline Sydney conference

US judge to headline Sydney conference

The "Arnold Schwarzenegger of American jurisprudence", US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, is in Sydney this week for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of the…

The "Arnold Schwarzenegger of American jurisprudence", US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, is in Sydney this week for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of the International Law Conference.

Famous for his controversial opinions on issues such as abortion and gay rights, Justice Scalia established a philosophy known as "originalism" - the adherence to the Constitution's original meaning.

"During his visit he will discuss the US's judicial experience with the Bill of Rights and whether that provides any guidance in the current debate in this country about a possible Charter of Human Rights for Australia," said Law Council of Australia President Glenn Ferguson.

This is the first time the ABA's conference has been held in Australia, which was organised in collaboration with the Law Council of Australia, the Law Society of NSW and the NSW Bar Association.

Officially opened on Tuesday, the conference program included a high-level US-Australia exchange at the Banco Court on "The Internationalisation of Domestic Law and its Consequences" followed by a moot court demonstration today, at the Sydney University Law School.

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