Solicitor-General to give public seminar at UNE

Published 08 March 2011

gagelerThe Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Stephen Gageler SC, will present a public seminar at the University of New England on Monday 14 March.

The Solicitor-General is the second Law Officer of the Commonwealth (after the Attorney-General). He provides written and oral advice on matters of significance to the Australian Government and appears as counsel in cases of constitutional significance, international cases, and other cases of special government interest.

Mr Gageler (pictured here) began a five-year term as Solicitor-General in September 2008. His presentation next Monday – one of the “Kirby Seminar Series” organised by UNE’s School of Law – will be on “the constitutionalisation of Australian administrative law”. (Australian administrative law defines the extent of the powers and responsibilities held by administrative agencies of the Australian Government.)

“In 1990, when I went to the Bar, I got swept up in the explosion of Commonwealth administrative law which was then just beginning and which was probably to reach its peak a decade or so later,” Mr Gageler recalled in one of his published papers on administrative law. “Administrative law is about guiding the administrator to do the job right: to get really as close as possible to what is objectively the correct or preferable decision that is to be made in all the circumstances,” he explained.

Stephen Gageler is a graduate of the Australian National University and Harvard University. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court in 1982 and as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000.

The free seminar on the 14th of March will be in the John L. Dillon Lecture Theatre in UNE’s Economics, Business and Law Building, at 5.30 pm for a 6 pm start. Refreshments will be provided.

The Kirby Seminar Series began on the 23rd of March, 2001, with the inaugural seminar presented by Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. The series has featured eminent national and international lawyers and academics, as well as researchers from within UNE’s School of Law.