'A Private Life' is available from all good bookshops from
28 September 2011 or from www.allenandunwin.com
For Chinese readers, I have attached a translation of a chapter
of my book ‘’A Private Life’’ concerning my partner Johan. This will give
them an insight into me and my life. And the importance of love to every human
Attorney-General, The Hon Robert McClelland MP; President of the Australian Bar Association, Mr Thomas Bathurst, QC; President of the Law Council of Australia, Mr John Corcoran; President of my home Bar, the Bar Association of New South Wales, Ms Anna Katzmann SC;The Hon T E F Hughes, AO, QC; Judicial, Academic and other Colleagues; Family and Friends:
In this room, where independent judges uphold the law and the Constitution, I start by honouring the people of Australia, in all of their diversity, most of them happily unaware of what we do here today. Fortunate is a land that lives in confidence under the rule of law, with elected parliaments, uncorrupted officials and independent judges.
Welcome to my home page. This allows me to speak directly to you. Until now, I have mainly had to speak through the forbidding pages of court reports and formal legal texts. Of course this has not stopped me in the past from speaking directly. Basically, I always try to write in the same way as I speak.
My career has included work as a judge in two great Australian appellate courts - the High Court of Australia and the Court of Appeal of New South Wales. This website helps you to find:
My judicial opinions in the courts on which I have served;
My speeches, articles, book reviews and other 'pearls of wisdom';
For the first time, this website has my speeches back to 1975, the year I helped set up the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). Virtually all of the speeches are here. In fact, I lay claim to inventing the 'blog'. Follow my speeches and you can track my activities, experiences, thinking and feelings over 34 years of public life in Australia and abroad;
My multimedia gallery provides photos and films of my work and home life;
The website will offer filmed and recorded excerpts from speeches old and new as well as podcasts that can be downloaded.
Everyone who visits this space has a right to agree or disagree with what they find. Causing occasional offence is not the greatest sin. Being boring, self-righteous or unkind compete for that award. I welcome feedback and suggestions as I embrace new adventures in my life. These may take me into arbitration and mediation; academic teaching and research; new international activities; and work completely outside the "Great Game" of the law.
Kirby was chair of the OECD Expert Group that developed the Privacy
Guidelines in 1980. They influenced protective law and policy in many
countries, and still do. Developments in information technology since
1980 increase the danger for individual privacy. In 2015 Privacy
International collects top experts, including Michael Kirby, to predict
the way ahead. Click here
Click here to hear the Public Lecture from Michael Kirby
The Report of the Commission of Inquiry on North Korea: Paradoxes and Dilemmas
University of Western Australia on Friday, 27 March 2015 for the USAsia Centre of the University.
The Hon. Michael Kirby applauds success of Herbert Smith Freehills’ LGBTI Network
Keynote speech - Monday, 9 March 2015
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG - 2014 Centenary Summit
Melbourne - Saturday, 22 November 2014
Epic Exchange Between Justice Kirby and DPRK Councillor Kim Song
“Michael Kirby and Kim Song, North Korean Ambassador to United Nations, disagree in New York.
22 October 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, a side
event to the meeting of the General Assembly was organised by the UN
Missions of Australia, Botswana and Panama. This event, chaired by
Ambassador Gary Quinlan (Australia) included participation of DPRK
refugees. Exceptionally, Kim Song, the DPRK Deputy Head of Mission
attended and challenged the report of the Commission of Inquiry on DPRK
which Michael Kirby had chaired. Mr Kirby urged DPRK to release the COI
report in North Korea and to invite COI members to Pyongyang to explain
it and answer questions. "
Watch the video here
Photo of the Honourable E.G. Whitlam AC QC with prize
winning film maker and author Daryl Dellora, who was author
of Michael Kirby: Law, Love & Life, published by Penguin Books (2012).
was taken on 14 November 2012. Reproduced with permission.
Michael Kirby's presentation on International Child Abductions in Australian Courts on 14 October 2014.