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.

Cancelled: 2019 - Honourable Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud 

We regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 Hal Wootten Lecture on Wednesday 4 December 2019 has had to be cancelled. UNSW Law apologises for any inconvenience and disappointment this event cancellation may have caused. Should you have you any questions, please email law.events@unsw.edu.au.

2019 Hal Wootten Lecture

Previous Lectures in this Series
2018 - Noel Pearson

Noel PearsonNoel Pearson reflected on Indigenous Self Determination and The Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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2017 - Elizabeth Broderick AO

2018 - Noel PearsonUNSW Law alumna and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick AO reflected on her life in the law as she delivered the 11th Hal Wootten Lecture. Broderick discussed her journey from her early interest in STEM, experiences as a UNSW Law student and how she pioneered the establishment of a legal technology practice. Broderick has dedicated her career to working tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, to strengthen the laws on gender equality.

Read Elizabeth Broderick’s speech

Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten’s vote of thanks

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2016 - Bret Walker SC

2016 - Bret Walker SCBret 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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2015 - Julian Burnside AO QC

2015 - Julian Burnside AO QCJulian 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. 

Read Julian Burnside's speech

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Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture

 
2014 - Professor Richard Abel

2015 - Julian Burnside AO QCProfessor 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.

Read Professor Richard Abel's speech

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Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture

 
2012 - Sir Gerard Brennan

2012 - Sir Gerard BrennanSir 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.

Read Sir Gerard Brennan's speech

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Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture

 
2011 - Professor Martha Nussbaum

2011 - Professor Martha NussbaumThe 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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Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture

 
2010 - Albie Sachs

2010 - Albie SachsThe 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'

Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture

 
2009 - Hina Jilani

2009 - Hina JilaniThe 2009 Hal Wootten Lecture was delivered by Hina Jilani, Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer.

'Human Rights and International Peace and Security'

 
 
2008 - Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten AC QC

2008 - Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten AC QCThe 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

2007 - Hon Michael McHugh AC QCThe 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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Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture

 
2006 - Dr Jose Ramos-Horta

2007 - Hon Michael McHugh AC QCThe Hal Wootten Lecture 2006 was delivered by Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Prime Minister of East Timor.

'The inaugural Hal Wootten Lecture'

Read Dr Jose Ramos-Horta's speech

Read Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten's response to the lecture