Meet top Australian judge

Justice Michael Kirby by Marcus Mok
Justice Michael Kirby by Marcus Mok

There will be a chance to gain an insight into the legal profession, and question a top judge at a lecture open to the public next week.

Justice Michael Kirby, Australia’s longest serving judge, will speak on the role of law in grave human rights abuses, and the new international system of accountability.

The lecture is titled, ‘Magna Carta 1215, North Korea 2015 : Lessons from the idea of control of government power’ and takes place at 6.30pm on Friday October 2 at the Radcliffe Centre, University of Buckingham.

There will be a question and answer session to conclude the lecture.

Justice Kirby is a renowed figure in the legal world and recently chaired the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Afterwards he wrote a letter to Kim Jung-un about the widespread and systematic violation of human rights in North Korea.

Justice Kirby’s special concerns include human rights, the impact of science and technology on society and issues raised by HIV such as sexuality and the law.

He has many accolades including a number of honorary qualifications, and the University of Buckingham awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2000.

He has been described by his biographer A J Brown as Australia’s, “first, and only, true celebrity judge.”

The lecture is open to the public and entrance is free.

Drinks and nibbles will be served during the evening, free of charge.