2–4 Oct 2019
Judges and Magistrates
Reflections on the Judicial Function 2019
(previously titled Dialogues on Being a Judge)
2 to 4 October 2019, Adelaide
Registrations are now open for this two and a half day residential program, developed specifically for experienced (mid career) judges and magistrates. It provides an opportunity for judicial officers to reflect and share with colleagues their approaches to their work through the exploration of contemporary themes.
Sessions include whether and how the judiciary should respond to significant pressures on judicial independence and on the rule of law, and include discussion about the approach of President Trump to the American Judiciary. Guest speakers include Professor Rosalind Dixon, University of NSW, Dr Steven Welch, University of Melbourne, and Dr Murray Wesson, University of Western Australia.
Professor Glenda Halliday, The University of Sydney School of Medicine will provide insights into rapid developments in the neurosciences and where current Australian research is heading. Judge Gertner, Harvard University of Law School (via video link) will shed light on the impact of these developments on US law. Distinguished Professor Isabel Karpin and Dr Karen O’Connell, University of Technology Law Health Justice Centre, will consider the potential impact on Australian law and the cases which have responded to advances in the neurosceinces.
Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses, University of NSW, will discuss automated predictions, inference and decision-making. Justice Stephen Gageler will lead the case study discussion.
A book club discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to defend and test the bold claims of the American polymath, Judge Richard Posner, who contends that reading outside the law makes for a better judge.
Course numbers have been set at a maximum of thirty participants.