Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers Program 2012

Professor Nicholas C Bala | Professor Lawrence Gostin | Professor Michel Rosenfeld | Professor Dame Hazel Genn QC | Professor Paul Marcus | Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman | Ms Erin Brockovich | The Hon Nicola Roxon MP | Professor Helene Ruiz-Fabri | Lord Brian Kerr of Tonaghmore | Mr Michael Sexton SC

Registration will open approximately 6 weeks prior to each lecture, and prices are inclusive of a cocktail function.

$25 inc GST: full fee
$20 inc GST: Sydney Law School alumni
$10 inc GST: University of Sydney students

Unless otherwise advertised, doors will open at 5.30pm for 6-7pm lecture, followed by a cocktail reception until 8pm.

Lecture program





Professor Nicholas C Bala

Professor Nicholas  Bala, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

L.S.M., B.A. (Toronto), LL.B. (Queen's), LL.M. (Harvard)

The 2011 Family Law Amendments & Family Violence: Has Parliament Finally Got it Right?

Wed 22 February


Professor Paul Marcus

Professor Paul Marcus, College of William and Mary (Virginia) and criminal lawyer

J.D., A.B., University of California-Los Angeles

Why the U.S. criminal justice system has some unusual features, and other nations such as Australia do not

Mon 5 March


Ms Erin Brockovic

Ms Erin Brockovich, President, Brockovich Research & Consulting, environmentalist and consultant, Shine Lawyers

Paying it forward - Erin Brockovich 12 years on

Mon 19 March


Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman

The next stage of the nuclear age: better, worse or more of the same?

Mon 2 April



Professor Dame Hazel Genn QC, Dean of Laws, University College London

DBE, QC (Hon), FBA, BA (1971), LLB (1985), LLD (1992)

Access to justice

Thu 19 April


 Professor Larry Gostin

Professor Lawrence Gostin, Georgetown University Law Centre and Johns Hopkins University

B.A., State University of New York, Brockport; J.D., Duke; LL.D. (Hon.), State University of New York

President Obama’s health care reform: The Supreme Court and the future of the American health system Wed 23 May


Lord Brian Kerr of Tonaghmore

Lord Brian Kerr of Tonaghmore

The Australian internet activist, the radical Jordanian cleric and the English businessman - recent cases concerning the UK's extradition obligations

Thu 2 August


 Professor Michel Rosenfeld

Professor Michel Rosenfeld, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York
B.A., 1969,
M.A., 1971,
M.Phil., 1978,
Ph.D., 1991, Columbia University;
J.D., 1974, Northwestern University

US first amendment run amuck: Protecting hate speech, letting money talk and other disproportionate excesses as viewed from a comparative perspective

Thu 9 August


Professor Helene Ruiz-Fabri

Professor Helene Ruiz-Fabri
Dean of the Sorbonne Law School, Paris France

*This is a free lecture

The Sense & Direction of Multilateralism in International Trade Law

Thu 23 August


Mr Michael Sexton SC

Mr Michael Sexton SC
Solicitor General for NSW

The Constitution vs The States? Federalism After Federation Is There A Role Still Remaining For The States in The Australian Federation?

Thu 13 September