Chief Justice to Discuss Statutory Interpretation at Public Lecture

Published 16 September 2011

robert_frenchChief Justice Robert French will discuss the topic of “statutory interpretation and parliamentary intention” in a public lecture at the University of New England next Friday, September 23 at 5 pm at the Lecture Theatre 4 (EBL Building, next to the Law Library).

The Frank Kitto lecture is the annual lecture of the Law School and its main academic event of the year. The lecture is public and open to anyone who is interested. The Law School would particularly invite practitioners from the broader region to come and see the Chief Justice and the Law School.

Robert Shenton French was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in September 2008. At the time of his appointment he was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that office in November 1986.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia in science and law. He was admitted to practice in 1972 and practised as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia until 1983 when he went to the Western Australian Bar. From 1994 to 1998 he was President of the National Native Title Tribunal. At the time of his appointment he was an additional  member of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a member of the Supreme Court of Fiji. He was also a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal and a part-time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission. From 2001 to January 2005 he was president of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. Chief Justice French was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2010.

The lecture will commence at 5:30 PM in the John Dillon Lecture Theatre in the EBL building at the University of New England. Refreshments will be provided from 5 PM.

Enquiries: School of Law (Belinda Eastgate) on 6773 2091 or 6773 3598 or email