- Kelvin Widdows
LLB (Hons) Sydney; LLM, MLitt Cambridge
Kelvin has previously worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations and International Labour Organisation, mainly in Geneva and New York.
He has also taught law at the Faculty of Law, UNSW, mainly in property law.
Areas of expertise
Judicial Biography, Constitutional law, and the High Court of Australia.
Sir John Latham: Judicial Reasoning in Defence of the Commonwealth
Sir John Latham (1877-1964) enjoyed careers at the highest level of Australia’s academic, legal, intelligence, diplomatic and political worlds before his elevation to Chief Justice of the High Court, 1935 to 1952. Throughout, Latham never concealed his solid conservative values nor his nationalist leanings. However, he was above all a committed rationalist over whom religion had no hold. Neither had communism nor political radicalism.
Given Latham’s public stand on the importance of protection of the Commonwealth polity from both internal and external threats, the question of his independence as a judge in cases raising such issues has been aired in the past.
The purpose of my enquiry is to ascertain the extent to which his nationalist ideology and conservative outlook are discernible influences affecting his judicial reasoning.
Associate Professor Andrew Lynch and Professor George Williams