Former High Court judge to present Magna Carta lecture

ONE of Australia's most respected legal minds, retired High Court of Australia judge Michael Kirby, is visiting the University of Southern Queensland.

Mr Kirby, Australia's longest serving judge when he retired in 2009, will give the Magna Carta public lecture next Friday.

He is renowned for his commitment for social justice and judgments over 35 years on three courts and an Arbitration Commission.

He has also served on a number of international boards - from the United Nations to the World Health Organisation.

Mr Kirby is visiting USQ to present the Magna Carta lecture with this year marking the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter, which was sealed by King John in 1215.

Head of USQ's School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen said the Magna Carta was arguably the most famous legal document in the world because it had been taken to guarantee all people's liberties against governments' exercising arbitrary power. 

"It is regarded as a foundation of the Rule of Law - that even government is controlled by law," he said.

"Magna Carta itself is law in Queensland (and the other states and territories), and communities across the state are recognising its importance for their way of life this year."

Professor Mortensen said Mr Kirby would outline the demands of Magna Carta and the promises that King John agreed to.

The Toowoomba Magna Carta lecture is open to the public.

For more information and registration details visit: www.usq.edu.au/news-events/events/2015/10/law-lecture-hon-michael--kirby



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