Technology and the Law, Bar Association of Queensland Annual Conference, 27 February 2016 (PDF 161K) (RTF 272K)


Applications for Special Leave in Tax Matters, Bar Association Annual Dinner, 29 October 2015 (PDF 81K) (RTF 241K)

Law Society Dinner, West Australian Circuit, Perth, 13 August 2015 (PDF 76K) (RTF 129K)

Justice Hayne's Contribution to Public Law, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law Conference, Melbourne, 24 July 2015                        (PDF 91K) (RTF 151K)



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30 MAY 2008


The Honourable Justice Kiefel

High Court of Australia

Magna Carta and the Development of the Common Law by Professor Brand, University of Oxford

Date: 13 May 2015

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 “In Conversation with Stephen Gageler, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia” (2024) Judicature International https://judicature.duke.edu/articles/in-conversation-with-stephen-gageler-chief-justice-of-the-high-court-of-australia/


“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)

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


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"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)

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

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

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"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.

“Who Decides? What Should be Local and What Should be National in Judicial Review?”, by Chief Judge Jeffrey S Sutton, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 8 November 2023 (Video)

"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)





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