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    Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hon. Michael Kirby

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Michael Kirby is an international jurist, educator and former judge.  He served as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83); Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84); Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1983-4); President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96); President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-96) and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009).

He has undertaken many international activities for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD and the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  He has also worked in civil society, being elected President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-8).  His recent international activities have included member of the Eminent Persons Group on the Future of the Commonwealth of Nations (2010-11); Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2011-12); Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK (North Korea) (2013-14); and Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Healthcare (2015-16).  He is also heavily engaged in international arbitrations; domestic mediations; and teaching law.  He is Honorary Professor at 12 Australian and overseas universities.

In 1991 he was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal.  In 1998, he was named Laurette of the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education. In 2010 he was named co-winner of the Gruber Justice Prize.  In 2011 he received the inaugural Australian Privacy Medal.  The honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Laws and Doctor of the University have been conferred on him by universities in Australia and overseas.  He lives in Sydney with his partner since 1969, Johan van Vloten.

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30 Oct 2020

Michael Kirby reflects on COVID-19 and how 2020 compares to other periods in history

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21 Oct 2020

Mr. Michael Kirby's GLAD Talk on 'Equality Discourse on LGBTQ Rights'

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04 Oct 2020

Lecture on the impact of COVID 19 on practice in Australian courts, tribunal and alternative dispute resolution

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04 Sep 2020

JUSTICE MICHAEL KIRBY speaking on COVID-19 - CHALLENGES FOR THE COURTS

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04 Sep 2020

Long Life Exhibition

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04 Aug 2020

In-Conversation with The Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG

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22 Jul 2020

Launch of the Australian Society of Computers and the Law

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16 Jul 2020

The Honorable Michael Kirby and Herman Duarte talks on COVID19 and Human Rights

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