"The Margaret Stone Lecture 2023, Pre-edited version.  Publication of edited version forthcoming" (PDF)

“Corporate Governance – Big Ideas and Debates?” Harold Ford Memorial Lecture delivered 24 May 2023. Pre-edited version. Edited version to be published in the Melbourne University Law Review (PDF)


"Family Law and Equity – Friends, Enemies or Frenemies?" Peter Nygh Memorial Lecture – 19th National Family Law Conference 15 August 2022 (PDF)

"Taking Judging and Judges Seriously: Facts, Framework and Function in Australian Constitutional Law” (2023) 49(1) Monash University Law Review (advance). Edited version of Monash University Lucinda Lecture delivered 2 August 2022 (PDF)


"Communist Party Case: Core Themes and Legacy", speech delivered at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies Constitutional Law Conference, 23 July 2021 (PDF)

"Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales: Aiding the Individual, the Nation and the Institutions", speech delivered at the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales' Criminal Law Conference, 2 June 2021 (PDF)


“The Integrity of Courts: Political Culture and a Culture of Politics”, edited version of the 2020 Melbourne University Law Review Annual Lecture given at the University of Melbourne on 1 April 2020 (PDF)


"The Development of Native Title: Opening Our Eyes to Shared History", speech delivered at the Toohey Oration, University of Western Australia, 2 October 2019. This article was first published by Thomson Reuters in the Public Law Review and should be cited as Justice Michelle Gordon, "The Development of Native Title: Opening Our Eyes to Shared History" (2019) 30 PLR 314 (PDF)

"Analogical Reasoning by Reference to Statute: What Is the Judicial Function?" (2019) 42(1) University of New South Wales Law Journal 4 (PDF)


"Automation, Innovation and the Rule of Law – Oil and Water?", speech delivered at the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration: Forces of Change – Defining Future Justice Conference, 26 May 2018 (PDF)

"The Rule of Law – What We Share and Must Defend", speech delivered at the Australian High Commission, Malaysia, 8 March 2018 (PDF)

"Recognising Hidden Victims in Our Legal System", speech delivered at the Australian High Commission, Malaysia, 7 March 2018 (PDF)


"Corporations and Corporate Insolvency Jurisdiction of the Federal Court – From Passer-by to Chameleon Lodger", speech delivered at the Australian Academy of Law 2017 Symposium, 23 October 2017, later published in Ridge and Stellios (eds), The Federal Court’s Contribution to Australian Law: Past, Present and Future (The Federation Press, 2018) (PDF)

"Courts and the Future of the Rule of Law", speech delivered to the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies conference, 21 July 2017 (PDF 163K) (RTF 99K)

"The Implications of Technology for the Junior Bar", speech delivered at the Victorian Bar Junior Bar Conference, 17 February 2017 (PDF)


"South Australia's Uniqueness: Challenges and Opportunities for the South Australian Bar", Keynote Address, 2017 Annual Conference, South Australian Bar Association, 25 February 2017 (PDF 214K) (RTF 87K)

The Interaction Between Science and Law - Legal Science or a Science of Law, French CJ Colloquium, University of Western Australia, 24 November 2016 (PDF 278K) (RTF 369K)

Applying Reason to Reasons - Start, Middle and the End, AGS Administrative Law Forum, 11 November 2016, Canberra (PDF 161K) (RTF 193K)



  • "Taking Judging and Judges Seriously: Facts, Framework and Function in Australian Constitutional Law” (2023) 49(1) Monash University Law Review (advance). Edited version of Monash University Lucinda Lecture delivered 2 August 2022



“Administrative Law in the Common law tradition” (2023) 53 Australian Bar Review 1. (PDF)

Book Foreword,  Benjamin B Saunders, “Responsible Government and the Australian Constitution: A Government for a Sovereign People” (Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law, 2023) (PDF)

Book Launch, “Dynamic and Principled: The Influence of Sir Anthony Mason”, Ben Chen and Jeffrey Gordon (eds) (2023) 52 Australian Bar Review 450. (PDF)

“The Legacy of Sir Gerard Brennan to Australian Public Law” (2023) 33 Public Law Review 303. (PDF)

“Integrating the Australian judicial system” (2023) 15(1) The Judicial Review 21 (PDF)

Judicial Legitimacy”, (2023) 97 (1) Australian Law Journal 28 (PDF)


Book Review, " Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism" (2022) 46(1) Melbourne University Law Review 320. (PDF)

“Just versus Quick: Constructivist and Ecological Rationality in a Common Law System” (2022) 45(2) Melbourne University Law Review 830. (PDF)

“The Coming of Age of Australian Law” in McDonald, Chen & Gordon (eds) Dynamic and Principled: The Influence of Sir Anthony Mason (The Federation Press, 2022). (PDF)

“Law in a time of COVID”, Victorian Bar News Issue 171 – Winter 2022 (PDF)


Book Review, " Australian Contract Law in the 21st Century" (2022) (1) Cambridge Law Journal 81. (PDF )


Review Essay, “Judging the New by the Old in the Judicial Review of Executive Action” (2020) Sydney Law Review 42 (4). (PDF)

"Commentary on Chapter 5" in John Griffiths and James Stellios (eds), Current Issues in Australian Constitutional Law (The Federation Press, 2020). (PDF)

"Engineers: The Drama of its Day in the Climate of its Era" (2020) 31 Public Law Review 4. (PDF)

“A Tale of Two Ships: The MV Tampa and the SS Afghan” (2019) 40 (3) Adelaide Law Review 615. (PDF)


“Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Patterns in Australian Constitutional Adjudication” (2019) 19 Macquarie Law Journal 15. (PDF)

“Alternative Facts in the Courts” (2019) 93 Australian Law Journal 585 (PDF)

“Three is Plenty” (2019) in G Weeks and M Groves (eds), Administrative Redress In and Out of the Courts: Essays in Honour of Robin Creyke and John McMillan (Federation Press, 2019) (PDF)


“Truth and justice, and sheep” (2018) 46 Australian Bar Review 205 (PDF)

"Expansion of the Fiduciary Paradigm into Commercial Relationships: The Australian Experience" in Peter Devonshire and Rohan Havelock (eds), The Impact of Equity and Restitution in Commerce (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2018) (PDF 626K)

Sir Robert Garran: Medio Tutissimus Ibis"  (2018) 46 Federal Law Review 1 (PDF 265K)

"Comparative Constitutional Law" in The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution by Cheryl Saunders and Adrienne Stone (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2018 (PDF 176K)

"The Section 92 Revolution" in James Stellios (ed), Encounters with Constitutional Interpretation and Legal Education: Essays in Honour of Michael Coper (The Federation Press, 2018) 26 (PDF 680K)


"Evidence and truth" (2017) 13 (3) The Judicial Review 249 (PDF 86K)

Chapter IV: The Inter-State Commission and the Regulation of Trade and Commerce under the Australian Constitution (2017) 28 Public Law Review  205 (PDF 100K)

"When the High Court Went on Strike" (2017) 40 Melbourne University Law Review 1098 (PDF 4004K)

Book Review, "Controlling Administrative Power: An Historical Comparison" (2017) The Cambridge Law Journal 76 (2) (PDF 57K)


"The Equitable Duty of Loyalty in Public Office" in Bonyhady (ed,) Finn's Law: An Australian Justice , (Federation Press, 2016). (PDF 730K)

Book Review, "Damages and Human Rights" (2016) 27 Public Law Review  327. (PDF 80K)

'What it is to be a government lawyer' This article is taken from the speech given on the occasion of the launch in April 2016 of 'Without fear or favour: The life of Dennis John Rose AM QC' by Carmel Meiklejohn, Reproduced courtesy of Australian Government Solicitor magazine © Commonwealth of Australia 2016 (PDF 404K)

The intersection of the common law, statute law and notions of fairness    [2016] IFL 15. (PDF 60K)


Whitmore and the Americans: Some American Influences on the Development of Australian Administrative Law" (2015) 38 UNSW Law Journal  1316 (PDF 1140K)

 'Legislative Intention' (2015) 41 Monash University Law Review 1. (PDF 742K)

"The Master of Words: Who Chooses Statutory Meaning" in Connolly and Steward (eds), Public Law in the Age of Statutes, Essays in Honour of Dennis Pearce (Federation Press, 2015) (PDF 1758K)

"James Bryce and the Australian Constitution" (2015) 43 Federal Law Review 177 (PDF 315K)

"Pearls of Wisdom" (2015) 13 Law Society of NSW Journal 21 (PDF 2018K)

"Deference" (2015) 22 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 151 (PDF 193K)


"The Constitutional Dimension" in M Groves (ed), "Modern Administrative Law in Australia: Concepts and Contexts" (2014) (PDF 824K)

 "Collective Irrationality and the Doctrine of Precedent" (2014) 38 Melbourne University Law Review 525 (with Dr Brendan Lim) (PDF 277k)

"Why Write Judgments?" (2014) 36 Sydney Law Review 189 (PDF 412k)

"What is a Question of Law?" (2014) 43 Australian Tax Review 68 (PDF 93k)

"What is Information Technology Doing to the Common Law?" (2014) 39 Australian Bar Review 146 (PDF 82k)








30 MAY 2008


The Honourable Justice Kiefel

High Court of Australia

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