Speeches/Articles by Justice Gordon AC


"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" Monash University Lucinda Lecture delivered 2 August 2022. Pre-edited version. Edited version to be published: Monash University Law Review (2023) volume 49(1)" (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)