Appeal Court President to speak on ‘good faith’ in contract law

Published 26 October 2010

justicejamesallsopThe Hon. Justice James Allsop, President of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW, will discuss the concept of “good faith” as it applies to Australian contract law in a public lecture at the University of New England this Thursday, 28 October.

Justice Allsop’s talk – “Good faith and Australian contract law: a practical issue or a question of theory and principle?” – is this year’s lecture in the annual Sir Frank Kitto Law Lecture series organised by UNE’s School of Law.

The lecture will examine both the practical and the theoretical considerations attending the notion of “good faith” in the context of Australian contract law. Justice Allsop said he would “seek to show not only the elements of the notion already well known to – and part of – Australian law, but also the forces operating to require a more explicit recognition of the requirement in Australian contract law”.

Everyone is welcome to this free event, which is scheduled for 5 pm in Lecture Theatre 4 in UNE’s EBL Building. The lecture itself will begin at 5.30 pm.

Justice Allsop (pictured here) was appointed Senior Counsel in NSW in 1994 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1998. He served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from May 2001 till June 2008, when he was appointed as President of the NSW Court of Appeal.

While in the Federal Court, Justice Allsop was the Convener of the National Admiralty Committee of the Federal Court, and Chair of the Admiralty Rules Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College and, from 2005 to 2009, was a member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.