“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


The Sir James Martin Oration, 24 September 2019   (PDF)

Illegitimately Re-Writing the Music?, The Jack Richardson Oration, 9 September 2019   (PDF)

Reform of the Law Governing Jury Directions and the Determination of Criminal Appeals, NSW Supreme Court Judges' Conference, 24 August 2019   (PDF)

Cultural Change - The Shift from Party Autonomy to Court-Managed Litigation, Asia-Pacific Judicial Colloquium 2019, 28 May 2019            (PDF)


Criminal Law Stream, Australian Bar Association & New South Wales Bar Association National Conference 2018, 17 November 2018      (PDF)

Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference, Tuesday 13 November 2018 (PDF)

Jury Directions: the Struggle for Simplicity and Clarity, Banco Court Lecture, Supreme Court of Queensland, 20 September 2018 (PDF 140K)

By the Skin of Our Teeth - The Passing of the Women's Legal Status Act 1918, Francis Forbes Lecture, 30 May 2018 (PDF 144K)


"Examining The Judge", speech at the launch of volume 40 of the University of New South Wales Law Journal, 29 May 2017 (PDF 88K)


The James Spigelman Oration 2016, Judicial Legitimacy and the limits of Review, Sydney, 22 November 2016 (PDF 135K)

Legal Research Foundation: The Evidence Act 2006 – 10 years On, Auckland, 23 September 2016 (PDF 169K)

The Protection of Women in the Administration of Criminal Justice in Australia, Australian High Commission Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15 August 2016 (PDF 88K)

Judicial Activists or Champions of Self-Restraint: What Counts for Leadership in the Judiciary?, The General Sir John Monash Leadership Oration, 4 August 2016 (PDF 98K)

"Equality, Proportionality and Dignity: The Guiding Principles for a Just Legal System", The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture, University of Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall, Newcastle, 29 April 2016 (PDF 142K)


Keeping the Criminal Law in 'Serviceable Condition': A Task for the Courts or the Parliament, University of Sydney, 22 October 2015 (PDF 129K)

Magna Carta – Resonances in the Common Law of Australia, Spring Conversazione, Melbourne, 1 October 2015 (PDF 84K) (RTF 498K)

Melbourne Magistrates' Court of Victoria Professional Development Conference, 22 July 2015 (PDF 384K)


Jack Goldring Memorial Lecture, The Unviversity of Wollongong, 31 October 2014 (PDF 145K)

Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture, 23 October 2014 (PDF 104K)

Appellate Review of the Facts, The Sir Maurice Byers Lecture, 20 August 2014 (PDF 147K) (RTF 190K)


Section 80 - The Great Constitutional Tautology, The Lucinda Lecture, Monash University, 24 October 2013 (PDF 388K)
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30 MAY 2008


The Honourable Justice Kiefel

High Court of Australia

In July 2010 the Court agreed to host a public lecture series, beginning in the first half of 2011. The lectures, which focus on constitutional and historical themes, are delivered in Courtroom 1 and are presided over by a Justice.

"More than a Rule book: Identity and the Australian Constitution" by Professor Adrienne Stone, 9 November 2022  (Video/paper)

"Common Law Constitutionalism Again", by The Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand, 7 November 2018 (PDF)

"Judges, Justice and Public Power: The Constitution and The Rule of Law in South Africa" by The Hon Justice Edwin Cameron, 11 October 2017 (Video / paper)

"The Awkward Question: Will it Write?" by the Hon Nicholas Hasluck AM QC, 5 October 2016  (PDF 100K) (RTF 158K)

"Magna Carta and the Development of the Common Law" by Professor Brand, University of Oxford, 13 May 2015 (Video / paper)

"The Story Behind the Land Boundaries of the Australian States - A Legal and Historical Overview" by Dr Gerard Carney, 10 April 2013 (PDF 415K) (RTF 298K)

"The Unrecognised Reserve Powers" by Professor Anne Twomey, 14 November 2012 (PDF 153K) (RTF 114K)

"Judicial Engagement in the High Court of Australia" by Professor Cheryl Saunders AO, 20 June 2012 (PDF 231K) (RTF 54K)

"Anomalous Occurrences in Unusual Circumstances’? Towards a History of Extra-Judicial Activity by High Court Justices" by Professor Fiona Wheeler, 30 November 2011 (PDF 232K) (RTF 300K)

On 8 June 2011 the inaugural lecture was delivered by Professor John M Williams, Dean of the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide: ‘Swelling the ranks of the peripatetic unemployed’: The first decade of the High Court of Australia' (PDF 279k) (RTF 188k)





Address at funeral sevice of Roderick Pitt Meagher, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, Friday 8 July 2011 (PDF 80k) (RTF 33k)


"Pro bono work, legal aid and access to justice: some matters of history", National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference, Brisbane, 22 June 2023 (PDF)


"A nudge in the right direction; some landmark cases and the development of the law”, Hal Wootten Lecture 2022, UNSW, 24 November 2022 (PDF)  (RTF

“Yesterday, today and tomorrow – a trend towards equality?”, Australian Women Lawyers Conference, Brisbane, 6 August 2022 (PDF) (RTF)


 “The role of courts in our society”, LawRight Public Interest Address, Customs House, Brisbane, 25 October 2021 (PDF) (RTF)

"Judicial independence – from what and to what end?", Austin Asche Oration, Australian Academy of Law and Charles Darwin University, Hilton Hotel, Darwin, 27 March 2021 (PDF)   (RTF)

"Shaping Legal Minds - the ethical Mind", Queensland Law Society Symposium, Customs House, Brisbane, 19 March 2021  (PDF )   (RTF)


 "Legacies of Sir Samuel Griffith", Sir Samuel Griffith Lecture, Queensland College of Art Lecture Theatre, Griffith University, Brisbane, 17 November 2020 (PDF )   (RTF)



“The academy and the courts: what do they mean to each other today?”, Australian Academy of Law Patron’s Address, Banco Court, Brisbane, 31 October 2019 (PDF)             (RTF)

Opening of the International Association of Law Libraries, Sydney, 28 October 2019 (PDF) (RTF)

“William Ah Ket’s contribution to diversity in the legal profession”; William Ah Ket Scholarship Presentation, Asian Australian Lawyers Association, Great Hall, High Court of Australia, 9 October 2019 (PDF) (RTF)

“Just how common is the common law? A historical and comparative perspective”, Brennan Lecture, Bond University Law School, 3 October 2019 -  To be published in the Bond Law Review. (PDF) (RTF)

“Convergence – the Courts of Singapore and Australia”; joint keynote address with Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore, ABA “Convergence2019” Conference, Andaz Hotel, Singapore, 11 July 2019 (PDF) (RTF)

"Aspects of the relationship between the law, economic development and social change and the importance of stability"; 2019 Queensland Bar Association Conference, Brisbane, 2 March 2019 (PDF) (RTF)

“Human rights without an enacted statement of rights“, Legal Research Foundation Conference; farewell conference to mark the retirement of Dame Sian Elias GNZM (31 January - 1 February 2019), Auckland University, New Zealand, 1 February 2019, (to be published together with other conference papers at a later date)


"Social values and the criminal law's adaptability to change", 2018 International Criminal Law Congress, Byron Bay, NSW, 6 October 2018 (PDF) (RTF)

"Judicial Advice to Trustees – its Origins, Purposes and Nature”, Harold Ford Memorial Lecture, 14 September 2018, Melbourne – to be published by the Melbourne University Law School

Ceremonial sitting, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Tuesday 4 September 2018 (PDF) (RTF)

Opening of the International Law Association 78th Biennial Conference, Sydney, Monday 20 August 2018 (PDF) (RTF)

“The High Court Justices and the weight of war”, The Samuel Griffith Society, 4 August 2018, Brisbane (PDF) (RTF)

“The Significance of Comparative Law to Common Law Judges – an Australian Perspective”, a Lecture delivered at the International Academy of Comparative Law General Congress, Fukuoka, Japan, 23 July 2018 - to be published by the IACL.

“Rhetoric and Reasoning – Contributions to the Common Law” – Hellenic Lawyers Association International Conference, Rhodes, Greece, 9 July 2018 (PDF) (RTF)

"The Adaptability of the Common Law to Change" - The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, Banco Court, Brisbane, 24 May 2018 (PDF) (RTF)

Welcome and introduction to Australian Constitution Centre, High Court of Australia Building, 9 April 2018 (PDF) (RTF)

“Women in the Australian Legal Profession: progress and a public voice”, International Women’s Day, Kuala Lumpur, 8 March 2018 (PDF) (RTF)

"Judicial decision-making in times of War and Relative Peace", Supreme and Federal Court Judges’ Conference, Monday 22 January 2018 - to be published in the ALJ


“Judicial Courage and the Decorum of Dissent” – The Atkin Lecture – given at the Supreme Court of Queensland, 28 November 2017 (PDF 124K) (RTF 215K)

"Independence - What does it mean for the Legal Profession?", IBA Conference, International Convention Centre, Sydney, 8 October 2017 (PDF 89K) (RTF 156K)

"Vicarious liability in tort - a search for policy, principle or justification", New South Wales Supreme Court Judges Conference, Leura, 25 August 2017 (PDF 150K) (RTF 254K)

"Some reflections, following the Brexit decision, on secession, on the roles of Australian and English courts with respect to the validity of executive and legislative action and on responses to controversial decisions of this kind", Anglo Australian Lawyers Association, London, 12 July 2017 (PDF 114K) (RTF 190K)

"The Community of Courts in the Asia Pacific Region", International Association of Women Judges Conference, Amora Jamison Hotel, Sydney, Friday 28 April 2017 (PDF 109K) (RTF 165K)

"Judicial Methods in the 21st Century", Supreme Court Oration Banco Court, Supreme Court, 16 March 2017 (PDF 109K) (RTF 150K)

"Why the Study of Law is Important", The Opening of the University of Queensland's T C Beirne School of Law's newly renovated West Wing of the Forgan Smith Building, Monday 13 March 2017 (PDF 59K) (RTF 110K)

Chief Justice's swearing in speech, High Court of Australia, Canberra, 31 January 2017 (PDF 56K) (RTF 115K)


Freeleagus Oration, "Legal Influences– across centuries and borders", Brisbane, Friday 26 August 2016 (PDF 81K) (RTF 167K)


The Doctrine of Consideration in Contract – Some Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Contracts in Commercial Law Conference, Domain Theatre, Art Gallery, NSW, 18 December 2015 (yet to be published)

"Good Faith in Contractual Performance" - A background paper for the Judicial Colloquium, Hong Kong, September 2015 (PDF 138K) (RTF 272K)

Developments in the law relating to medical negligence in the last 30 years, Greek/Australian International Legal and Medical Conference 2015, 1 June 2015. It will be published in volume XIX of the International Trade and Business Law Review. (PDF 96K) (RTF 258K)


Actions for negligence against barristers in England and Australia, International Malaysia Law Conference, Kuala Lumpur, September 2014, to be published. (PDF 84K) (RTF 100K)

Vienna Report - Australia:  The independence of a meritorious elite:  the government of judges and democracy.   A lecture presented by the Hon Justice Susan Kiefel AC and Professor Cheryl Saunders at the XIX International Congress of Comparative Law, Vienna, Austria, July 2014, to be published in the Springer, Just Gentium Collection, mid 2015. (PDF 163K) (DOCX 51K)

The Individual Judge (2014) 88 ALJ 554, Sir Richard Blackburn Lecture, 13 May 2014.


Lessons from a "conversation" about restitution (2014) 88 ALJ 176, WA Lee Lecture in Equity, 14 November 2013.

Social Justice and the Constitution - freedoms and protections (2013) 20 JCULR 6,  Mayo Lecture, James Cook University, 24 May 2013. 

"On being a judge", Public Lecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 15 January 2013. (PDF 196K) (RTF 212K)

The Constitutionalisation of Free Trade by the High Court of Australia and the Court of Justice of the European Union:  Freedom of Trade and Commerce under Section 92 of the Australian Constitution.  This is a revised and updated transcript of a seminar presented at the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 14 January 2013, published in the Global Journal of Comparative Law  3:1. 


Reasons for judgment: objects and observations, Sir Harry Gibbs Law Dinner, University of Queensland, 18 May 2012. (PDF 68K) (RTF 148k)

Practice at the Bar - what has changed and what remains the same, Bar Association of Queensland Annual Conference, Practice in the Modern Era, 3 March 2012 (PDF 34k) (RTF 139k)


Proportionality - a rule of reason (2012) 23 PLR 85, 2011 Sir Anthony Mason Lecture, University of Melbourne Law School, 7 October 2011.


The use of constitutional supra principles by Judges, Plenary Session IV, VIII World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law, Mexico City, 10 December 2010 (PDF 76k) (RTF 51k)

Comparative analysis in judicial decision-making: the Australian experience, Max Planck Institute, 12 July 2010 (PDF 141k)
Published in: Bd 75, Heft 2 (April 2011), Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht  354-370

Ethics and the Profession of the Lawyer, Queensland Law Society, The Vincents' 48th annual Symposium 2010, 26 March 2010 (PDF 59k) (RTF 79k)

Oral Advocacy — the Last Gasp?, Supreme & Federal Court Judges' Conference, Canberra, 27 January 2010 (PDF 72k) (RTF 81k)


Address to Graduates, UQ Centre, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, 8 December 2009 (PDF 28k) (RTF 33k)

Section 92: markets, protectionism and proportionality - Australian and European perspectives, Monash Law School's 17th Lucinda Lecture, 19 November 2009, (2010) 36(2) Mon L R 1

Queensland University of Technology Association of Law and Justice, Annual Dinner, Marriott Hotel, Brisbane, 21 August 2009 (PDF 44k) (RTF 43k)

Occasional Address, Griffith University Graduands, Brisbane Convention Centre, 1 August 2009 (PDF 35k) (RTF 40k)

The Profession of Barrister - Service, Duty and Independence,Bar Practice Course, Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, 20 February 2009 (PDF 69k) (RTF 85k)


"Judicial Independence", North Queensland Law Association Conference, 30 May 2008 (PDF 65k) (RTF 78k)








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The Honourable Justice Kiefel

High Court of Australia

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