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.


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.


“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.”

Prominent former High Court judge offers wisdom to up and comers
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