Inaugural R P Meagher Lecture

18 August 2011

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Guest speakers

The Hon Justice J D Heydon AC

The Hon Tom Bathurst QC, Chief Justice of NSW


Varieties of judicial method in the late twentieth century

The Honourable Justice JD Heydon AC will deliver the inaugural R P Meagher Lecture, recognising and celebrating the career of eminent alumnus and former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales Court of Appeal, The Honourable RP Meagher AO QC.

The Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Honourable TF Bathurst, will introduce the lecture, which will take place at 6 pm on Thursday 18 August in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

RP Meagher (1932-2011) was a graduate of the University (BA 1954, LLB 1958) and was awarded Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in 2000. In 1960 he began a long period of service as a part time lecturer to the Faculty of Law, where he lectured in Roman Law and held the title of Challis Lecturer in Equity. His lectures were a source of inspiration and challenge for generations of law students. He was a co-author of the ground breaking Meagher Gummow and Lehane's Equity Doctrine and Remedies, and was a co-editor of many editions of Jacobs' Law of Trusts.

He practised at the Bar and soon become one of the nation's leaders in appellate advocacy, and was appointed as a Queen's Counsel, and a member of the New South Wales Bar Council, serving as its President in 1979-1981. He was appointed as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, where his qualities as a judge were especially appreciated by law students because of the succinctness of his opinions and the sharp phrases which he often deployed against those of contrary views. He retired from the bench in 2004.

The Honourable Justice John Dyson Heydon AC was appointed to the High Court in February 2003, after having been a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal since 2000. He graduated in arts from the University of Sydney, and, as the Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales in 1964, graduated as Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University. He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1973 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1987. At age 34, he was elected Dean of the University of Sydney Law School for 1978-79. He practised at the Bar from 1979 until his appointment to the Court of Appeal. He has published a number of legal texts, including his first book, The Restraint of Trade Doctrine, in 1971, and is a co-author, with RP Meagher and M J Leeming, of Meagher, Gummow and Lehane's Equity Doctrine and Remedies, 2002, and co-editor of Jacobs' Law of Trusts. Justice Heydon AC was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2004.

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Time: 6-7pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales

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