A Life and the Law - An Appreciation of Frank Costigan QC, Melbourne, 20 November 2014 (PDF 782K) (RTF 702K)

Naming of the Peter O'Callaghan QC Gallery, Melbourne, 8 October 2014 (PDF 50K) (RTF 35K)

Magna Carta, Common Law Values and the Constitution, Melbourne, 21 May 2014 (PDF 90K) (RTF 72K)

Celebration of Women in the Law, Melbourne, 16 April 2014 (PDF 92K) (RTF 58K)

The Humanities and the Rule of Law, Melbourne, 23 October 2013 (PDF 134K) (RTF 83K)

Section 128 of the Commonwealth Constitution and Constitutional Change, Melbourne, 22 August 2013 (PDF 128K) (RTF 66K)

Book Launch - Interpretation and Use of Legal Sources, Melbourne, 20 August 2013 (PDF 69K) (RTF 35K)

Victorian Bar Pro Bono Awards, Melbourne, 14 May 2013 (PDF 62K) (RTF 37K)

Fathers and Daughters, Melbourne, 3 August 2012 (PDF 77K) (RTF 50K)

Temple Church - A Reflection, London, 1 July 2012 (PDF 65K) (RTF 39K)

After Dinner Speech for Alan Goldberg, Melbourne, 28 July 2010 (PDF 55K) (RTF 40K)

Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law in Australia with some Reference to The Global Economy, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, 15 February 2010 (PDF) (RTF)

Statutes and The Contemporary Search for Meaning, Statute Law Society Paper, London, 1 February 2010 (PDF) (RTF)

Varieties of History and The Law, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, London, 31 January 2010 (PDF) (RTF)

Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law, Constitutional Law Dinner 2008, "Reflections on sections 7 and 24 of the Constitution"


CLE Lecture, The Victorian Bar, Melbourne, 28 November 2007, "Blackstone's "signs" and statutory interpretation" (PDF) (RTF)

Launch of Meanjin, Volume 66.3, Univerity of Melbourne, 18 October 2007 (PDF) (RTF)

Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) Conference, Noosa, 16 September 2007(PDF) (RTF)

Australian Bar Association Conference, Chicago, 28 June 2007, "Scepticism and the Law" (PDF) (RTF)

Australian National University, Canberra, 18 April 2007, "Book Launch" (PDF) (RTF)

Freehills' Litigators Dinner, Melbourne, 11 September 2006, "Post-Modernism and the Law" (PDF) (RTF)

Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne, 30 March 2006, Book Launch "In Off the Red" (PDF) (RTF)

"The Vanishing Trial", Supreme and Federal Courts Judges Conference, Sydney, Wednesday 23 January 2008


"Written Advocacy" A paper delivered as part of the Continuing Legal Education Program of the Victorian Bar, 5 and 26 March 2007


Concerning Judicial Method - Fifty Years on, Fourteenth Lucinda Lecture, Monash University Law School, Tuesday, 17 October 2006


Advocacy and Special Leave Applications in the High Court of Australia, The Victorian Bar - Continuing Legal Education, 22 November 2004 (HTML)

High Court Rules 2004, Introductory Remarks at Seminars for the Legal Profession, October/November 2004 (HTML)

Advocacy in the High Court of Australia, An Address to the Western Australian Bar Association, 25 October 2004 (HTML)

After Dinner Speech, Law of Obligations Conference - 15 July 2004, The University of Melbourne, 15-16 July 2004 (HTML)

Keynote Address at the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia 5th National Bankruptcy Congress, Melbourne, 13 May 2004 (HTML)

"The High Court of Australia", Round Table of the International Association of Constitutional Law, Melbourne, 4 October 2003 (HTML)

"Restricting Litigiousness", 13th Commonwealth Law Conference, Melbourne, 14 April 2003 (HTML)

"Dispute Resolution and the Rule of Law" Sino-Australian Seminar, Beijing,20-22 November 2002 (HTML)

XX: Keynote Address - Australian Insurance Law Association - National Conference - Melbourne, Thursday, 17 October 2002 - Litigation in the Age of Statutes" (HTML)

Opening address by the Hon. Justice K.M. Hayne, AC at the Centre for Commercial Law Conference 2002 "Commercial Law - Private Business/Public Concern" Monday, 30 September 2002 Australian National University (HTML)

Leo Cussen Lecture, "Lessons From The Rear-View Mirror", Melbourne, 31 October 2001 (HTML)

The Fourth Fiat Justitia Lecture, Letting Justice be Done Without the Heavens Falling, Monash University, 21 March 2001 (HTML)

Reply to the Honourable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "Remarks on Judicial Independence: the Situation of the U.S. Federal Judiciary", Melbourne, 1 February 2001 (HTML)

Keynote Address, Judicial Conference of Australia, Melbourne, 13 November 1999, "Australian Law in the Twentieth Century" (HTML)

Opening of the Centre for Commercial Law, Australian National University, Wednesday, 12 May 1999 (HTML)

An Address to the Readers of the Bar Practice Course, Brisbane, 24 February 1999 "Judicial Case Management and the Duties of Counsel" (HTML)


ISDS Litigating the Judiciary, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Centenary Conference, Honk Kong, 21 March 2015 (PDF 336K)          (RTF 260K)

Equal Justice and Cultural Diversity The General Meets the Particular, Cultural Diversity and the Law Conference, Sydney, 14 March 2015 (PDF 268K) (RTF 192K)

The Moving Finger Writes and, Having Writ, Rewrites, Bannerman Lecture, Sydney, 26 February 2015 (PDF 380K) (RTF 224K)

The High Court, The Constitution and Australian Politics, Book Launch, Sydney, 13 February 2015 (PDF 74K) (RTF 148K)

Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association Incorporated, Queensland Chapter Launch, Brisbane, 30 January 2015 (PDF 147K) (RTF 82K)


Common Law Constitutionalism, Robin Cooke Lecture, Wellington, New Zealand, 27 November 2014 (PDF 116K) (RTF 276K)

Opening of Owen Dixon Chambers West Extension, Melbourne, 7 November 2014 (PDF 48K) (RTF 98K)

Statutory Interpretation in Australia, University House, Australian National University, Canberra, 24 October 2014 (PDF 172K) (RTF 79K)

Curriculum Change - A Multidimensional Task, Curriculum Review at the Law School of the University of New South Wales, 20 October 2014 (PDF 49K) (RTF 100K)

National Judiciaries in a Global Economy, International Association for Court Administration - 7th International Conference, Sydney, 24 September 2014 (PDF 85K) (RTF 194K)

Trade Law and the Australian Courts - Law Council of Australia 2014 - International Trade Law Symposium, Canberra, 18 September 2014 (PDF 87K) (RTF 214K)

Legal Practice in a Global Neighbourhood, Newcastle Law School — University of Newcastle, 8 August 2014 (PDF 347K) (RTF 287K)

Investor-State Dispute Settlement — A Cut Above the Courts?, Supreme and Federal Courts Judges' Conference, Darwin, 9 July 2014     (PDF 240K) (RTF 252K)

Pericleans, Plumbers and Practitioners Book Launch, Monash University Law School 50th Anniversary, Melbourne, 28 June 2014                (PDF 160K) (RTF 136K)

Federal Circuit Court - History Repeats Itself, Melbourne, 1 May 2014 (PDF 51K) (RTF 101K)

Australasian Legal History Libraries - A Large Step Forward, Sydney, 30 April 2014 (PDF 161K) (RTF 70K)

The Idea of a Law School named after Thomas More, Launch of Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne 23 April 2014 (PDF 190K) (RTF 121K)

Bending Words: The Fine Art of Interpretation, University of Western Australia, Faculty of Law, Guest Lecture Series, Perth, 20 March 2014 (PDF 103K) (RTF 188K)

Pro Bono Publico - Cui Bono?, Law Summer School, Perth, 21 February 2014 (PDF 222K) (RTF 235K)


Legal Limits, Book Launch, Perth, 17 December 2013 (PDF 165K) (RTF 126K)

Inglis Clark - A Living Force, Andrew Inglis Clark and the Building of the Australian Nation Conference, Parliament House, Canberra, 8 November 2013 (PDF 219K) (RTF 168K)

Poetry and Public Law, New South Wales Bar, Constitutional & Administrative Law Branch Annual Dinner, Sydney, 7 November 2013 (PDF 81K) (RTF 210K)

Singapore - Where Common Law and Constitutions Meet, Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society Breakfast Address, Sydney, 21 October 2013 (PDF 140K) (RTF 163K)

Justice in the Eye of the Beholder, Law & Justice Foundation, Sydney, 21 October 2013 (PDF 52K) (RTF 156K)

South Australia and the Australian Constitution, John Bray Oration, Adelaide, 14 October 2013 (PDF 318K) (RTF 389K)

Justice in Arms: Military Lawyers in the Australian Army's First One Hundred Years, Book Launch, Canberra, 2 October 2013 (PDF 39K) (RTF 101K)

The Rule of Law as a Many Coloured Dream Coat, Singapore Academy of Law, Singapore, 18 September 2013 (PDF 313K) (RTF 346K)

Historical Foundations of Australian Law, Book Launch, Sydney, 22 August 2013 (PDF 103K) (RTF 68K)

International Commercial Dispute Resolution and the Place of Judicial Power, International Commercial Law and Arbitration Conference, Sydney, 22 August 2013 (PDF 219K) (RTF 273K)

If they could see us now - what would the founders say?, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library 2013 Anniversary Lecture, Perth, 18 July 2013 (PDF 332K) (RTF 384k)

The future is not what it used to be - Australian Law Students' Association Conference, Perth, 15 July 2013 (PDF 160K) (RTF 105K)

Why Rome and not Hong Kong - the Australian Bar at Large, Rome, 2 July 2013 (PDF 239K) (RTF 258K)

Law - Complexity and Moral Clarity, Mildura, 19 May 2013 (PDF 51K) (RTF 182K)

The Past - not such a Foreign Country, Perth, 16 May 2013 (PDF 168K) (RTF 73K)

Religion and the Constitution, Perth, 14 May 2013 (PDF 270K) (RTF 256K)

Property, Planning and Human Rights, Canberra, 25 March 2013 (PDF 59K) (RTF 212K)

Australian Migration and Settlement Awards, Parliament House, Canberra, 18 March 2013 (PDF 17k) (RTF 80k)

Essential and Defining Characteristics of Courts in an Age of Institutional Change, Adelaide, 21 January 2013 (PDF 70K) (RTF 265K)


The Interrogation That Never Ends, 50th Anniversary of the Professor Harry Messel International Science School, Sydney, 27 November 2012 (PDF 68k) (RTF 98k)

Judges and Academics - Dialogue of the Hard of Hearing, Inaugural Patron's Lecture, Australian Academy of Law, Sydney, 30 October 2012 (PDF 60k) (RTF 212k)

Two Chapters about Judicial Power, Peter Nygh Memorial Lecture 2012, 15th National Family Law Conference, Hobart, 15 October 2012 (PDF 129k) (RTF 280k)

Book Launch: Privatising the Public University The Case of Law by Margaret Thornton, Australian National University, Canberra, 4 October 2012 (PDF 156k) (RTF 100k)

GA Kennedy AO - A Man Worthy of Memory, University of Western Australia, Perth, 24 September 2012 (PDF 100k) (RTF 160k)

Women Lawyers in a Public World, Australian Women Lawyers Association Fourth National Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 11 August 2012 (PDF 160k) (RTF 92k)

The Courts and the Parliament, Queensland Supreme Court Seminar, Brisbane, 4 August 2012 (PDF 224k) (RTF 240k)

Wisdom's Legacy, Francis Burt Chambers 50th Anniversary Dinner, Perth, 28 July 2012 (PDF 108k) (RTF 92k)

A Public Law Perspective on Intellectual Property, Melbourne, 25 July 2012 (PDF191K) (RTF318K)

Public Law - An Australian Perspective, Scottish Public Law Group, Edinburgh, 6 July 2012 (PDF 164k) (RTF 184k)

Human Right Protection in Australia and the United Kingdom: Contrasts and Comparisons, Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society and Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association, London, 5 July 2012 (PDF 216k) (RTF 304k)

Appellate Advocacy in the High Court of Australia, World Bar Conference, London, 29 June 2012 (PDF 84k) (RTF 108k)

Unelected Judges in a Representative Democracy, St Thomas More Society, Sydney, 22 June 2012 (PDF228K) (RTF204K)

Cooperation and Convergence - Judiciaries and the Profession, Commonwealth Lawyers Association Regional Conference, Sydney, 21 April 2012 (PDF 92k) (RTF 168k)

Horses for Courses, National Symposium, International Legal Services Advisory Council, Canberra, 16 March 2012 (PDF 264k) (RTF 92k)

Tax and the Constitution, Tax Institute 27th National Convention, Canberra, 14 March 2012 (PDF 123k) (RTF 114k)

Deakin Law School 20th Anniversary Dinner, Geelong, 18 February 2012 (PDF 39k) (RTF 58k)

Litigating in a Statutory Universe, Victorian Bar Association 2nd Annual CPD, Melbourne, 18 February 2012 (PDF 639k) (RTF 184k)


Aboriginal Women's Legal Education Trust - Launch, Supreme Court of Western Australia, 15 December 2011 (PDF 88k) (RTF 64k)

The Judicial Function in an Age of Statutes, 2011 Goldring Memorial Lecture, Wollongong, 18 November 2011 (PDF 773k) (RTF 217k)

Sir Frank Kitto Lecture, University of New England, Armidale, 23 September 2011 (PDF 144k) (RTF 140k)

University of New South Wales, Law School 40th Anniversary, Sydney, 17 September 2011 (PDF 60k) (RTF 52K)

Closing Address - Asia Pacific Model UN Conference - Final Plenary Session, Canberra, 15 July 2011 (PDF 32K) (RTF 32K)

Trials of Advocacy - The Australian Bar Association Bar Readers' Trial Advocacy Course - Closing Dinner, Perth,
08 July 2011 (PDF 55K) (RTF 52K)

Legal Education in Australia - A Never Ending Story, Australasian Law Teachers' Association Conference, Brisbane,
4 July 2011 (PDF 162K) (RTF 155K)

Public Office and Public Trust, Seventh Annual St Thomas More Forum Lecture, Canberra, 22 June 2011 (PDF 112K) (RTF 88K)

Judging Science - 13th Greek/Australian International Legal and Medical Conference, 30 May 2011 (PDF 136K) (RTF 140K)

The Northern Territory - A Celebration of Constitutional History, Centenary of the Northern Territory Supreme Court Kriewaldt Lecture, Darwin, 23 May 2011 (PDF 144K) (RTF 158K)

The Role of the Courts in Migration Law, Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribal Annual Members' Conference, Torquay, Victoria, 25 March 2011 (PDF 152k) (RTF 161k)

Occasional Address, Graduation Ceremony, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, 22 March 2011 (PDF 40k) (RTF 38k)

The Judiciary in an Age of Global Interdependence, International Association for Court Administration Conference, Bogor, Indonesia, 15 March 2011 (PDF 101K) (RTF 91.5K)

Albritton Lecture, School of Law, University of Alabama, USA, 18 January 2011 (PDF 100K) (RTF 208K)

"Liberty and Law in Australia", School of Law, Washington University, St Louis, USA, 14 January 2011(PDF 171K) (RTF 288K)


 "Law and Justice Outside the CBD", Rural and Regional Law & Justice Conference, Deakin University, Warrnambool, 20 November 2010 (PDF 59K) (RTF 108K)

The Interface between Equitable Principles and Public Law, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Sydney, 29 October 2010 (PDF 162k) (RTF 210K)

"One Small Town", The Law Society of New South Wales Annual Member's Dinner, Sydney, 28 October 2010

(PDF 48K) (RTF 74K)

Procedural Fairness - Indispensable to Justice?, Sir Anthony Mason Lecture, The University of Melbourne Law School, Law Students' Society, Melbourne, 7 October 2010 (PDF 147k)

Singers of songs and dreamers of plays, Victorian Bar Association Annual Dinner, Melbourne, 3 September 2010 (PDF)

"It's Not Whether You Win or Lose...", Northern Territory Bar Association Annual Dinner, Darwin, 14 August 2010 (PDF)

A Complicated Brief - The Corporations Law Adviser, Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia, Corporations Law Workshop Dinner, Canberra, 31 July 2010 (PDF)

Administrative Justice - Words in Search of Meaning, Australian Institute of Administrative Law Annual Conference - National Administrative Law Forum 2010, Sydney, 22 July 2010 (PDF)

John Forrest: Founding Father from the Far West, National Archives of Australia Constitution Day Lecture, Canberra, 8 July 2010 (PDF)

Courts in a Representative Democracy, University of Southern Queensland, Toowomba, 25 June 2010 (PDF)

Justice as Fairness - A Contested Ideal, University of Western Sydney Biennial Dinner, Sydney, 7 May 2010 (PDF)

Welcome to High Court, 15th National Schools Constitutional Convention Dinner, Canberra, 24 March 2010 (PDF)

Interacting with Diversity: Australian Judges and Regional Courts, Australian Institute of International Affairs - ACT Branch, Canberra, 12 March 2010 (PDF)

Theories of Everything and Constitutional Interpretation - 2010 Constitutional Law Conference Dinner, University of New South Wales - Gilbert &: Tobin Centre of Public Law, Sydney, 19 February 2010 (PDF)

The Executive Power - Inaugural George Winterton Lecture, Sydney Law School, Sydney, 18 February 2010 (PDF)

Protecting Human Rights Without a Bill of Rights, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, 26 January 2010 (PDF)

Constitutional Review of Executive Decisions - Australia's US Legacy, John Marshall Law School - Chicago Bar Association, 25 and 28 January 2010 (PDF)

Australia's Constitutional Evolution, John Fordham Law School Constitutional Law Master Class, New York, 20 January 2010 (PDF)


The Future of Australian Constitutionalism, International and Comparative Perspectives on Constitutional Law: A 21st Anniversary Celebration for the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne, 27 November 2009 (PDF)

The Constitution and the Protection of Human Rights, Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor's Oration, Perth, 20 November 2009 (PDF)

Judicial Activism - The Boundaries of the Judicial Role, LAWASIA Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, 10 November 2009 (PDF)

Public & Private Law: The Intersection - La Trobe Lecture, Melbourne, 30 October 2009 (PDF)

The Chief Justice and the Governor-General, Melbourne University Law Review Annual Dinner, Melbourne, 29 October 2009 (PDF)

Judicial Education - A Global Phenomenon, The International Organisation for Judicial Training, The Fourth International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary, Sydney, 26 October 2009 (PDF)

The State of the Australian Judicature, The 36th Australian Legal Convention, Perth, 18 September 2009 (PDF)

Notaries - from Stones to Electrons, Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries Biennial Conference, Melbourne, 11 September 2009 (PDF)

The Common Law and the Protection of Human Rights, Anglo Australasian Lawyers Society, Sydney, 4 September 2009 (PDF)

International Law and Australian Domestic Law, Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference, Hunter Valley, 21 August 2009 (PDF)

Surfing the Wavefront, Law Council of Australia Trade Practices Workshop, Yarra Valley, 15 August 2009 (PDF)

Modest Questions - Great Answers, International Committee of the Red Cross and Australian Red Cross, 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, Canberra, 12 August 2009 (PDF)

Perspectives on Court Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Council of Australia - Multi-Door Symposium, Canberra, 27 July 2009 (PDF)

From Light and Life to Genes and Galaxies - 45 Years On, 35th Professor Harry Messel International Science School, Sydney, 13 July 2009 (PDF)

Relaunch of National Archives Exhibition on the High Court at the "Memory of a Nation" Gallery, Canberra, 8 July 2009 (PDF)

Adding Value To Law Making - Australia and New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference, Canberra, 6 July 2009 (PDF)

In Praise of Unelected Judges - The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Public Policy Forum, Perth, 1 July 2009 (#PDF)

"Oil and Water?" - International Law and Domestic Law in Australia, The Brennan Lecture, Bond University, 26 June 2009 (PDF)

Federalism in The Supreme Court of India and The High Court of Australia - Second Indo Australian Legal Forum Meet 2009, Canberra, 3 June 2009 (PDF)

James Merralls' AM QC - The Doyen of Law Reporters - 40 Years Editor of the Commonwealth Law Reports, Melbourne, 29 May 2009 (PDF)

In Hope of Convergence - A Regional Perspective on Competition Law, 2009 Competition Law Conference, Sydney, 23 May 2009 (PDF)

Boundary Conditions - The Funding of The Courts Within a Constitutional Framework, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, Australian Court Administrator's Group Conference, Melbourne, 15 May 2009 (PDF)

Don't you know who I am? - Ego and Identity in the Administration of Justice, New South Wales Bar Association, Bench and Bar Dinner, Sydney, 8 May 2009, (PDF)

Science and Judicial Proceedings - Seventy-Six Years On, Medico Legal Society of Victoria, 2 May 2009, (PDF)

Intellectual Property - Living in the Twilight Zone, Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand, Annual Conference, Canberra, 4 April 2009, (PDF)

The Human Dimension of the Law, University of Canberra - Isaacs Law Society - Law Ball, Canberra, 3 April 2009, (PDF)

Native Title - A Constitutional Shift?, JD Lecture Series, University of Melbourne Law School, 24 March 2009, (PDF)

The Future of Litigation: Dispute Resolution in Jurassic Park? Annual Conference 2009, Bar Association of Queensland, 7 March 2009, (PDF)

Superannuation - A Confluence of Legal Streams, 26 February 2009, (PDF)

"In praise of breadth" - A reflection on the virtues of generalist lawyering, Law Summer School 2009, University of Western Australia, 20 February 2009, (PDF)

Conference on Judicial Reasoning: Art or Science?, Opening Address: Chief Justice Robert French, Australian National University, National Judicial College of Australia and Australian Academy of Forensic Science, Canberra, 7 February 2009, (PDF)


"Swapping Ideas: The Academy, the Judiciary and the Profession", delivered at the Australian Academy of Law 2008 Symposium Series, Melbourne, 1 December 2008, (PDF)

Rolling a Rock Uphill? - Native Title and the Myth of Sisyphus, Judicial Conference of Australia National Colloquium, 10 October 2008, (PDF)

Unleashing the Tiger? - Competition Law in China and Hong Kong, Conference Opening Address, Melbourne Law School, 4 October 2008, (PDF)

Cause for Celebration, Law Council of Australia 75th Anniversary Dinner, 19 September 2008, (PDF)

Law Libraries - Places of Power and Danger, The Art of Information, Australian Law Librarians Association Conference 2008, Perth, 18 September 2008, (PDF)


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