‘Trends in International Law Litigation: An Australian Perspective’ (Middle Temple International Sub-Committee Lecture, 22 April 2024) (PDF)

‘The Legal Case for Mercy’ (2024 Barry O'Keefe Memorial Lecture, ACU, Sydney, 20 March 2024) (PDF)


“Women in Law: How Far Have We Come, and Where to From Here?”, Brennan Justice Address, University of Technology Sydney, 20 March 2023. (DOC) (PDF)


“Thinking About the Bigger Picture: Government Lawyers and Australian Democracy”, AGS Administrative Law Forum, National Gallery of Australia, 30 November 2022. (DOC) (PDF)

“Court Education Is Not Just For Lawyers”, Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Lecture, University of Sydney, 5 October 2022 (DOC) (PDF)

“Judicial Independence and Liberal Democracy”, speech delivered to the Australian Academy of Law, Law Courts building, Sydney, 22 August 2022 (DOC) (PDF)

“Advancing Judicial Legitimacy: the Stakes and the Means”, speech for the commencement of the National Judicial Orientation Program, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, 3 April 2022(DOC) (PDF)


“Human Dignity in the Time of John Hubert Plunkett”, 10th Annual JH Plunkett Lecture, Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History, Sydney, 19 August 2021(DOC) (PDF)




The Fourteenth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration, The Thirty-Fourth Conference of The Samuel Griffith Society, Gold Coast, 25 May 2024, "Overturning Al-Kateb v Godwin: Unanswered Questions about the Rules of Precedent" – (PDF)

Book Review by Justice James Edelman of Robert Stevens, "The Laws of Restitution", (2024) 140 Law Quarterly Review 321, published by Thomson Reuters, trading as Sweet & Maxwell, 5 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AQ - (PDF)



Chapter 13 "Direct and Vicarious Liability of Corporations", by Justice James Edelman in Edwin Peel and Rebecca Probert (eds), "Shaping the Law of Obligations: Essays in Honour of Professor Ewan McKendrick KC" (Oxford University Press, 30 November 2023) - (PDF)

Chapter 8 "Equitable Damages", by Justice James Edelman in Ben McFarlane and Steven Elliott KC (eds), "Equity Today 150 Years After the Judicature Reforms" (Hart Publishing, 29 June 2023) - (PDF)

Book Foreword in Timothy Liau, "Standing in Private Law: Powers of Enforcement in the Law of Obligations and Trusts" (Oxford University Press, 21 July 2023) - (PDF)

Book Foreword in Professor Warren Swain and Dr Sagi Peari (eds), "Rethinking Unjust Enrichment: History, Sociology, Doctrine, and Theory" (Oxford University Press, 21 April 2023) - (PDF)



Book Review by Justice James Edelman and Susanna Connolly of Paul Daly, "Understanding Administrative Law in the Common Law World", (2022) 29 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 215- (PDF)

Book Foreword in Paula Giliker (ed), "Vicarious Liability in the Common Law World" (Hart Publishing, 20 October 2022) - (PDF)

Spigelman Public Law Oration, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 21 April 2022; "Implications", (2022) 96Australian Law Journal 800- (PDF) 

"Mutual Borrowing and Judicial Dialogue between the Apex Courts of Australia and the United Kingdom", by Mary Arden and Justice James Edelman, (2022) 138Law Quarterly Review 217- (PDF)

Speech "Menzies and the Law" given at the Robert Menzies Institute Conference, The University of Melbourne, 18 November 2021; Chapter 3 "Menzies and the Law", by Justice James Edelman and Angela Kittikhoun in Zachary Gorman (ed), "The Young Menzies: Success, Failure, Resilience 1894-1942" (Melbourne University Press, 29 November 2022) - (PDF)



Original Constitutional Lessons: Marriage, Defence, Juries, and Aliens' (2021) 47(3) Monash University Law Review 1 – (PDF)

Chapter in Andrew Dickinson and Edwin Peel (eds), A Conflict Of Laws Companion (Oxford University Press, 17 June 2021) - (PDF)



Foreword to Janina Boughey and Lisa Burton Crawford (eds), Interpreting Executive Power (The Federation Press, 20 January 2020). - (PDF)

The Interpretation of Written Contracts, Mr Justice Russell Brown Law Lecture Series, January 9, 2020, University of Alberta (Published in C Mitchell and S Watterson (eds), The World of Maritime and Commercial Law: Essays in Honour of Francis Rose (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2020)). - (PDF)

Foreword to Bant, Barker and Degeling (eds), Research Handbook on Unjust Enrichment and Restitution, (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019) - (PDF)



The future of the Australian business corporation: a legal perspective, Supreme Court of New South Wales Corporate and Commercial Law Conference, 29 October 2019 - (PDF)

Foreword to Nicholas A Tiverios, Contractual Penalties in Australia and the United Kingdom - History, Theory and Practice (The Federation Press, 3 September 2019). - (PDF)

The evolution of bankruptcy and insolvency laws and the case of the deed of company arrangement, 2019 Oxford Law and Finance Distinguished Speaker Series, University of Oxford, 14 January 2019 - (Published in Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly). - (PDF)

Foreword to Issue 42(3) of the University of New South Wales Law Journal entitled ‘Conceptions of Ownership’- (Published in the University of New South Wales Law Journal, [2019] UNSWLawJl 28; (2019) 42(3) UNSW Law Journal 785). - (PDF)



Constitutional Interpretation, 2018 Winterton Lecture, University of Western Australia, 26 March 2018 - (To be published in University of Western Australia Law Review) - (PDF)



Hadley v Baxendale, 2017 FW Guest Memorial Lecture, University of Otago, 1 November 2017 - (To be published in University of Otago Law Review) - (PDF)

The Equity of the Statute, Philosophical Foundations of Equity Law, King's College London, 29-30 June 2017 - (To be published in Klimchuk, Samet, and Smith (EDS), Philosophical Foundations of The Law of Equity (Oxford, OUP)) - (PDF)



Chief Justice French, Judicial Power and Chapter III of the Commonwealth Constitution, WA Bar Association Colloquium to honour the retirement of French CJ, 24 November 2016 (Published in H Jackson (ed), Essays in Honour of Chief Justice French (The Federation Press, 2019)) (PDF)



"1922: After Ryan, the Storm"  Selden Society Lecture, Supreme Court Queensland 24 March 2022. (PDF) (RTF)

“No body to be kicked or soul to be damned": The limits of a legal fiction, Harold Ford Memorial Lecture 2022, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, 17 May 2022 (PDF) (RTF)


“Too Much Information: Civilisation and the Problems of Privacy”, Whincop Memorial Lecture 2020, Brisbane, 27 August 2020 (PDF) (RTF)


“Silencing the Sovereign People”, Spigelman Public Law Oration 2019, Sydney, 30 October 2019 (PDF) (RTF)

"Lord Atkin: Irish Roots and the Queensland Connection”, Supreme Court Library Selden Society Lecture, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane, 30 August 2018" (PDF) (RTF)


"The People and the Constitution”, Lucinda Lecture, Monash University, Melbourne, 11 August 2016 (PDF 91K) (RTF 224K)


"Good Barristers; Bad Days”, Queensland Bar Practice Course, Brisbane, 28 May 2015. (PDF 58K) (RTF 112K)

"Sir Edward Coke”, Supreme Court Library Selden Society Lecture, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane, 23 April 2015. (PDF 123K) (RTF 369K)


"The Idea of the Professional Judge: The Challenges of Communication”, Judicial Conference of Australia Colloquium, Noosa, 11 October 2014. (PDF 115K) (RTF 204K)

"Speech at the Silks Dinner”, Australian Bar Association Dinner, High Court of Australia, Canberra, 3 February 2014. (PDF 26K) (RTF 69K)

Judges, Justice and Public Power: The Constitution and The Rule of Law in South Africa by The Hon Justice Edwin Cameron

Date: 11 October 2017

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"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)



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