The incoming class of 2012 undergraduate and JD Law students were welcomed to UNSW and to the law by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG at O-week.
‘Law is a discipline which is about the control of power,‘ he said. ‘It’s our business as lawyers to be engaged with the moral dilemmas.’
Reflecting on his own time as a law student fifty years ago, Michael Kirby urged students to be very concerned with justice.
‘What are the issues of law that your generation will have the responsibility of perceiving as unjust and doing something about?’ he asked the students.
New students were both inspired and excited by the speech.
‘Look to your right and look to your left,’ Michael Kirby told students. ‘Maybe sitting next to you is a future chief justice of Australia’.