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Presuming Innocence: Murray Gleeson to deliver the 2013 Paul Byrne Memorial Lecture



16 October 2013

The Honourable Murray Gleeson AC QC, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, will deliver a free public lecture at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 16 October on the topic "Presuming Innocence".

Mr Gleeson received first class honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, and was subsequently admitted to the bar in 1963.

He was appointed Queen's Council in 1974 and has held numerous esteemed positions including as President of the New South Wales Bar Association and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, before being appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in 1998.

Among his accolades, he received the Companion Order of Australia for service to the law.

"The Honourable Murray Gleeson AC QC is an impressive alumni of the Law School and the University of Sydney," says Director of the Institute of Criminology, Dr Rebecca Scott Bray.

"He has also contributed much to the University beyond his years as a first-class student.

"Mr Gleeson's lecture on the topic of 'Presuming Innocence' will undoubtedly offer insightful and experienced reflections on key justice concerns in Australia," says Dr Scott Bray.

"Mr Gleeson taught Company Law to law students in the 60s and 70s and remains an Adjunct Professor of the Sydney Law School, an affiliation of which we are very proud."

This is the second Paul Byrne SC Memorial lecture, held annually in honour of Paul Byrne SC, a graduate of Arts and Law from the University of Sydney.

Byrne went on to complete a Master of Laws degree with First Class Honours, and was awarded the University Medal.

He took silk in 1995, and had an outstanding career with a proven passion for criminal law.

He was also a generous supporter of the Institute of Criminology at the Sydney Law School.

His Honour Judge Stephen Norrish QC will chair the event.

Event details:

What: 2013 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture

Where: Law School Foyer, level 2, New Law Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

When: Wednesday 16 October, 6-7.30pm (registration from 5:30pm)

Cost:Free

Registration: Registration essential, 02 9351 0323 or online


Contact: Kate Mayor

Phone: +61 2 9351 2208

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