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中文读者们: 我将我的《私人生活》一书中关于我的伴侣Johan一章的中文译本附上。 想来会帮助你们更多地了解我和我的生活, 以及爱对每个人都是多么重要。


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Michael Kirby Co-Winner of the 2010 Gruber Justice Prize
 

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The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.

He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.  Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84).  Later, he was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands.  His appointment to the High Court came in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.

In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (1984-93).  He also served on many national and international bodies.  Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-) and a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights; since 2009 he has served as a member of the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Council.  

Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia.  He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings.  He has been awarded many honorary doctorates.

In 2010, he was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize.  He was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group (2010-11) which was investigating the future of the Commonwealth of Nations; and has been appointed to the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law (2010-12). In 2010, he was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).

In 2013 he was appointed a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health (2013-14).  Later in 2013 he was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council pursuant to a resolution of the Council, to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2013-14).

In October 2014 at Tokyo, he was elected Vice-President of Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.  Also in October 2014 in New York, he received the Leo Nevas Award for human rights from the United Nations Foundation of United States of America. 

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avatar Daniel Frisby
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Dear Justice Kirby,
Wishing you the very best for the next stage in your life, post High Court. I hope that you can continue to serve our country well. A number of my colleagues in the Tax Office and I found your judgment on sham in the Raftland decision last year to be very instructive!! The advice you gave me in your letter congratulating me on my appointment to the Tax Office in 1999 has been a source of inspiration and encouragment on many occasions.

Kind regards,
Dan Frisby

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avatar Roger Petri
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As fine a jurist as Justice Kirby was, let's not mistake him for Lord Denning Daniel! Whilst I hope that at some stage his name might be put forward as Australian of the Year, I suspect 2010 may be the last realistic opportunity. Like many Australians, I felt the attack by Senator Heffernan a number of years ago to be below the belt and beneath contempt. It was unfortunate that Justice Kirby's position on the High Court prevented an adequate response, and ironically fortunate for Sen Heffernan. Best wishes in the future
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avatar Will Lowes
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Michael Kirby (who should have been Australian of the Year some time ago), is far too valuable a person to lose to "retirement."
It is to be fervently hoped that his abilities, including a wonderful clarity of mind, are not lost to public view.

Will Lowes
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avatar Martin Rosenberg
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It is a travesty that such an erudite forward thinker such as His Honor is lost to the judicial system... let us hope he continues to speak out notably for those 'without a voice'. May the years ahead be as challenging and stimulating as those in the past.
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avatar Oscar
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I have found you and your life an inspiration, if only to prove there are people in high office who can live up to the example they are supposed to embody given their position of privilege. My life is a small one, though I feel it is more significant, somehow, having been party to a society that can produce a man such as yourself - thank you.

Shine on.
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avatar David
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Dear Justice Kirby-

As a post graduate law student I hold you to be not only one of the best legal minds in this country but certainly a role model not just for anyone else wanting to follow your footsteps but on how to live a model life.

you are an inspiration to all of us.

All the best with the next chapter in your very rich life.
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avatar Ocholamero Bure Loroto
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I heard about you being a great judge when I was doing a subject called "Australia Legal System" from then onward I always hope one day to be like you or at least to have more people like you spread over different public departments and arround the world to bring real changes to humanity-Thank you and enjoy your time.
Ocholamero Loroto
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avatar Mike Armstrong
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Justice Kirby

May I draw upon your legal experience & knowledge , I am of the
opinion that an individuals name should not be made public
until they are convicted & proven guilty of the said offence.

Do you think that this is a reasonable request and if so
Will this ever occur in Australia

Cheers
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avatar Mukesh Mahajan
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Dear Justice Kirby

It was a sort of dream come true, when I had the privlige to meet you today at Campsie library. Your valued thoughts and opinions are always inspiring and much sought after in my pursuit towards'Justice for all'.

Kind regards
Mukesh Mahajan
Tenants' Advocate
Sothern Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service
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avatar Kiran
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Dear Mr. Mukesh

Can I have your mail ID. Iam a lawyer known to Justice Bhalla, Chandigarh High Court.Now Iam in Canberra.
Thanks.
Kiran
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avatar vick
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I just happened to read your seervai lecture on the web and i am startled by your intimate knowledge of so many indian cases.
amazing - i think this country (india) could use you as a supreme court judge, you are much better than any of them!
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avatar Rajeev
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Dear Mukesh,

I am proud of you that being gold medlist in LLM from Panjab University,you joined as Advocate in sydney. congrtulation. yours valued thoughts will inspired the Australian, thanks.
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avatar Erin Steep
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I don't know if this will ever reach you, but I am studying legal studies at school this year and I am in year 11 at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Oak Flats in Wollongong. I come from a family of lawyers and teachers and I believe that you are my Nana's cousin. Her name is Anne Steep and her mother was Alice Lullham. I hope you read this and you know that you are one of my hero's and someone that I look up to.
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avatar Alexandrea B Reid
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Hello, I'm an off campus law student who dreams of practicing law (placements are so notoriously difficult to find). I come from a socio-economica lly disadvantaged background and i was raised by a born again christian and a drug dealer who vehemently rejected homosexuality. After reading many of your judgments and speeches i was shocked to discover that you are gay. I had never thought about how i felt towards gay people and generally accepted everyone for who they were not who they chose to love. Your openness. achievements and benevolence have really led me to question whether i do judge people on the basis of their sexual preference. Consequently i have become a better person by scrutinizing feelings i had towards gay people which i now recognise as wrong. I also must confess that at times i have resented you, particularly when i get to the end of a majority judgement and my lecturer requests i read J Kirbys dissent! All the best for the future. Alexandrea B Reid.
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avatar Louise Korff
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Justice Kirby,
You are a great man, full of wisdom and great charm. Many people love you for being who you are. All the best, Louise
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avatar Mark Finn
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Just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are to many of us.
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avatar Helen Dudden
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Hello, my name is Helen Dudden and I have a strong interest in the law. I wish to see improvements within the Family Law section. The subject of the Hague Convention and child access issues is something that I became involved in, after a close family member had a relationship breakdown. At present I read law, and have just finished my first module on Mental Capacity. I have written articles to try and highlight the both the cost and the emotional toll on those concerned. What is the system like in Australia? I feel that this is not a crime, but a fact of life, somethings work and some don't. Kind regards, Helen Dudden (I am in my early 60's)
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avatar Stella
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Dear Justice Kirby / Michael,

I think I must have been the only person to address you 'Michael' during the screening of your documentary in Sydney library (My lecturer told me "I can't believe you have just called him Michael").

Anyway, I have just read your judgement in Fardon, and YOU ROCK!!

Look forward to meeting you again and hopefully I could get you to sign your book this book!
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avatar Michael Fokkes, Bourke ALS
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Dear Mr Kirby,

having just watched your documentary I felt I'd like to thank you for pursuing a public life with such a focus on human rights. I work to ensure people's human rights and you are an inspiration.

Kind regards,
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avatar Tarrek
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Dear Mr Kirby,

After the speech presented at UWS a couple of weeks ago, i had made the conclusion that I was in the presence of a truly great mind and character. Your insight into not only the legal profession but life itself was of great inspiration.

When people look back in history, Mr Michael Kirby will be a name that will not be far off many lips as one of Australia's greatest minds.

Kind Regards.
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avatar Mick D
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You are a champion Michael.
Kind regards.
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avatar Alison Clark
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Dear Mr Kirby

I study law and health and it doesn't matter what subject I am studying, if there is social justice mentioned, so is your name. You are my hero and I hope I can do even a little of what you have achieved for social justice. Thank you for being such a great role model.

Ali
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avatar Amanda Gossman
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Dear Justice Kirby

I am very proud to be sending you this message and paying tribute to your work.I am a Legal Nurse Consultant based in Melbourne. I have read one of your speeches from an opening address at the Royal College of Physicians,on 11 September 2000, in London. The text was about the growth of medical malpractice. Now,almost 12 years after you made this speech,I found it and it has provided me with the determination to press on in my efforts to provide collaboration between health professionals and legal professionals in managing medical malpractice. I will continue to read about your work as it gives me great insight and inspiration.I thank you for that.
Kind Regards,Amanda Gossman.AGM Legal Nurse Consulting Services
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