Kirby vs. Schlink: Judges on law, letters and life
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In collaboration with Byron Writers Festival, Southern Cross University’s School of Law & Justice is hosting, under the aegis of this year’s The Honourable Michael Kirby Lecture Series, a spirited evening with two world-renowned judges robustly debating law, letters and life.
Former High Court of Australia judge and indefatigable human rights campaigner, The Honourable Michael Kirby will be joined by his European judicial counterpart, Professor Bernhard Schlink, German jurist, professor of law and bestselling author of The Reader (since adapted to an Oscar award-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes). Moderating the discussion will be law-and-literature scholar, Professor William MacNeil, Dean and Head of School of the School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University.
In partnership with Southern Cross University School of Law & Justice
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany is 1944. A professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the major internationally bestselling novel The Reader, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, the short story collections Flights of Love and Summer Lies, and several prize-winning crime novels. HIw most recent novel is The Woman on the Stairs. He lives in Berlin and New York.
The Hon. Michael Donald Kirby AC CMG is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. Following his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby 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.
Professor William MacNeil is the inaugural holder of The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law, as well as the Dean and Head of the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University. Prior to coming to Australia, MacNeil taught the University of Hong Kong and the London School of Economics, and holds degrees in law (Dalhousie, London, Columbia) and literature (Toronto). A well-known scholar of jurisprudence and cultural legal studies, MacNeil’s most recent book, Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction, won the 2013 Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities. MacNeil’s previous book was Lex Populi: The Jurisprudence of Popular Culture and, at present, he is working on a study of the philosophy of law in science fiction, horror and fantasy. In addition to being the founding editor of the book series, ‘Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities’, MacNeil is a member of the Australian Academy of Law and the Council of Australian Law Deans.