Prominent former High Court judge offers wisdom to up and comers

By Emma Ryan|08 April 2018
Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

The University of Southern Queensland has hosted the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, who offered his time to inspire students through a series of lectures.

Mr Kirby was at USQ recently, where he spoke to over 100 high school legal-studies students about the law, the courts and law reform, as well as topical questions on the United Nations, North Korea and legal study assignments.

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He also offered students a glimpse into his own life and upbringing, recounting his journey into the legal profession.

USQ law and justice head of school Professor Reid Mortensen said it was a wonderful opportunity for students and community members to have an audience with one of the longest serving judges in Australia.

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“USQ is committed to collaborating with industry and professionals to connect students with international thinkers and enhance the real-life learning experience,” Professor Mortensen said.

“Mr Kirby has probably had the most significant judicial career in modern Australian history, and he is noted for his commitment to human rights, a balanced approach to judicial interpretation, a rejection of the pursuit of personal agenda through the law, but honest recognition that judges do and must make law and have to do so in a principled way.”

Mr Kirby was equally as delighted to lead the conversation.

“I thoroughly enjoy speaking to students, our citizens of the future,” Mr Kirby said.

“We have a chance to build a truly multicultural, equal, democratic community and it is important for us to respect each other and respect diversity in our community.

“It is a message of respecting each other, which is not hard to teach to young people.”

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