Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was established in 1993 to mark the arrival of the first group of Bachelor of Laws students at the University of Newcastle. It is delivered by an eminent lawyer each academic year.

Honourable Robert French AC -
The Practicing of Law in a Global Neighbourhood

Robert French was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in September 2008. Prior to this he was a member of the Federal Court where he served as the first President of the Native Title Tribunal. While serving as a Federal Judge, Justice French also served as the Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from 1991 to 1997.

Justice French has published a significant body of work in journals and books. In his numerous public addresses he has sought to bridge the gap between the study and practice of the law.