Hal Wootten Lecture | Law

Hal Wootten Lecture

The annual Hal Wootten Lecture was established in 2006 by the Faculty of Law in honour of founding dean, Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten. This annual lecture is a highlight of the Faculty's year and commemorates Hal Wootten's founding vision for the Faculty.

2016 - Bret Walker SC

Hal Wootten Lecture

Bret Walker SC delivered the 2016 Hal Wootten lecture on "Lawyers and Politics". Bret Walker is an Australian barrister who has served as President of the Law Council of Australia and President of the New South Wales Bar Association. He is currently the nominee of the New South Wales Bar Association on the Legal Services Council. 

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Previous Lectures in this Series

2015 - Julian Burnside AO QC

Hal Wootten Lecture

Julian Burnside AO QC  delivered the 2015 Hal Wootten lecture - "The bludgeonings of chance". Julian Burnside is a distinguished Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author. In 2014, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. 

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2014 - Professor Richard Abel

Prof Richard Abel delivering Hal Wootten lecture 2014

Professor Richard Abel delivered the 2014 Hal Wootten lecture - "How to be a 'Good Lawyer': Lessons from the American 'War on Terror'". Professor Abel is the Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA.
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2012 - Sir Gerard Brennan

Hal Wootten Lecture

Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC delivered the 2012 Hal Wootten Lecture on "Lessons from a Life in the Law". Sir Gerard is an Australian lawyer, judge and tenth Chief Justice of Australia whose career has spanned over 60 years.
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2011 - Professor Martha Nussbaum

Hal Wootten Lecture

The 2011 Hal Wootten Lecture was delivered by Professor Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago
'Not for Profit: Why Legal Education Needs the Humanities''.
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2010 - Albie Sachs

Hal Wootten Lecture

The 2010 Hal Wootten Lecture was delivered by Albie Sachs, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
'A man called Henri: Truth, reconciliation, justice and gross violations of the past'
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Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture.

2009 - Hina Jilani

Hina Jilani

The 2009 Hal Wootten Lecture was delivered by Hina Jilani, Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer
'Human Rights and International Peace and Security'
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2008 - Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten AC QC

Hal Wootten AC QC

The Hal Wootten Lecture 2008 was delivered by Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten AC QC
'Living in the Law' or A response to Justice Holmes' question: 'How can the laborious study of a dry and technical system, the greedy watch for clients and the practice of shopkeepers' arts, the mannerless conflicts over often sordid interests, make out a life?'
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2007 - Hon Michael McHugh AC QC

Hon Michael McHugh AC, QC

The Hal Wootten Lecture 2007 was delivered by former High Court Justice the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC
'The Impact of High Court Decisions on the Governance of Australia'
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2006 - Dr Jose Ramos-Horta

Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Prime Minister of East Timor

The Hal Wootten Lecture 2006 was delivered by Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Prime Minister of East Timor
'The inaugural Hal Wootten Lecture'
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Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture.