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Chief Justice delivers lecture in Springfield

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The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC (second from right) with USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, Shine Lawyers managing director Simon Morrison (left) and Professor Reid Mortensen.

More than 120 legal professionals, USQ Law students and academics attended a public lecture by the highest ranked judge in Australia on November 2.

The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, presented ‘Legal Influences Across Centuries and Borders’ at USQ Springfield as part of the Shine Lawyers USQ Public Lecture Series.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie hailed the event a success.

“Chief Justice Kiefel delivered a very scholarly and insightful lecture that explored how European legal ideas from about the 16th century have evolved and been adopted throughout the world,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“This included the way that European continental influences affected English law, which is the basic ground of Australian law.”

Head of USQ's School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen said he was extremely pleased with the level of support and interest generated by Chief Justice Kiefel’s visit.

“It was a memorable occasion, given this was the first time USQ Springfield has hosted the Shine Lawyers Public Lecture Series and it was delivered by a sitting Chief Justice of Australia,” he said.

“Chief Justice Kiefel is known for her strong interest in comparative law, which has become a very popular topic for research within the School.

“For this reason, we had a great turnout of academics within the School as well as many Law students and members of the law community throughout south-east Queensland who were just as keen to hear the lecture.”

Chief Justice Kiefel became the first female Chief Justice of Australia in January 2017, having sat on the High Court bench since 2007.

She has also served as a justice in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Queensland.

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