Religion and Ethics Report - ABC Radio National

“Reckoning with war crimes: who should be held responsible? – The Religion and Ethics report – ABC Radio National 3-5 February 2022, including comments by Michael Kirby on human rights abuses in North Korea.”

Michael Kirby's contribution is concerned with rendering those who commit serious international crimes (genocide, apartheid, war crimes and crimes against humanity) accountable to their victims and before the international community.


Justice Kirby Masterclass

A masterclass given to class of Law students at Victoria University School of Law and Justice, Queen Street, Melbourne

The masterclass was on Company Law, now called Corporations Law. It concerned the original invention of the corporation in 17th-century England and France, specifically in the development of the East India Company in England.

It described the separation of the corporation from they legal personality of the shareholders who invest money in the company and whose liability to creditors is limited to the investment signalled by their shares.

The lecture described the importance of upholding requirements that corporations conform to basic principles of business efficacy and corporate morality. At the same time, they have to continue the limited liability of directors, managers and shareholders so as to preserve the brilliant idea of the legal corporation.

Episode 12: The rule of four with the Honourable Michael Kirby

An interview that was made in August 2021 by the Murdoch University Student Law Society in Perth, Western Australia.

The interview records the answers of Michael Kirby to questions asked by student interviewers. The questions concern the necessities of live as a lawyer and a judge; the obligation to apply the law; and the leeways of choice that are sometimes present for judicial decision-making. Specific mention is made by the speaker to the decision of the High Court of Australia in : Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs  v   B (2004) 219 CLR 365

The Decision illustrates the obligation to give effect to the law, even where that decision may appear to be individually unjust, but required by the provisions of the Australian Constitution, valid federal laws and mandated principles of statutory interpretation laid down by the High Court. Judges have leeways for choice. But they are not open-ended. The limits are set by the Constitution, any statute and neutral interpretation.

Under the Wig Podcast

The pod cast (which is aural only not video) deals with my experience as a law student; articled clerk; solicitor; barrister and judge.

Recorded by the Murdoch University Student Law Society in Perth WA

Human Rights Podcast

PODCAST - "Women and Children First"

Link to podcast


EPISODE ONE - Free and equal in dignity and rights: The Jurists


The episode concerns refugees and human rights. The podcast will be broadcast on 27 July, 3 August and 10 August.

Michael Kirby interview will be in episode 1 broadcast on 27 July 2021.

Michael Kirby Interview - IDAHOBIT 2021


Before the Court: A podcast by the Deakin Law Students’ Society

A recording of an interview with Olivia Gatsios of Deakin Law Students’ Society recorded on 10 May 2021 to mark IDAHOBIT Day 2021.  The International Day Against Homophobia

On Judges and Judging

A recorded interview with Mr Kirby about his work as a High Court Justice.  The recording was made on 19 October 2020 in Sydney. 


Michael Kirby has been elected Patron of QTOPIA alongside Ita Buttrose AC OBE.

QTOPIA will launch Sydney’s gay museum.