The University of Newcastle, Australia

24th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

Friday, 6 May 2016

Justice Virginia Bell delivers the 2016 Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

In late April the Newcastle Law School hosted the 24th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture. This year, members of the local legal community joined students and staff for a lecture given by Justice Virginia Bell of the High Court of Australia.

The lecture was well attended with over 250 people in the audience to hear Justice Bell’s talk titled “Equality, Proportionality and Dignity: The Guiding Principles for a Just Legal System”.

Justice Bell delivered an enlightened lecture on the history of equality and proportionality from a legal perspective. Her narrative included relevant cases from Sir Ninian Stephen’s distinguished career as well as current legal cases.

Justice Bell answered questions from the engaged audience following her lecture on a range of topics including the representation of women judges, the future of international law and human rights and ways which the legal profession can improve disadvantaged communities.

The Newcastle Law School celebrated the event with a dinner for Justice Bell and other distinguished members of the local legal community. Acting Dean, Associate Professor John Anderson, formally thanked Justice Bell for her insight and time.

Download a copy of the speech here

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