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Commonwealth Law Conference

Melbourne 
 

The Law Council of Australia’s Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section invites you to attend a conference covering a broad range of topics presented by leading lawyers in federal law, in house counsel, members of the judiciary and federal tribunal members. The conference will take place in person in Melbourne.

The conference theme is "Connections and Coherence in Federal Litigation"

A few of the topics on offer:

  • Federal Practice & Procedure
  • Industrial Law 
  • Class Actions
  • Taxation and Revenue Litigation
  • Merits review and the AAT
  • Migration Law
  • Privileges and immunities 

Event Details

Date: Friday, 24 February 2023 
Time: 8.45am - 1.00pm (AEDT) followed by lunch 
Venue: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 

Welcome Drinks

Date:   Thursday, 23 February 2023
Time:   6.30pm - 8.30pm (AEDT)
Venue: The Essoign Club, Level 1, 205 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Discounts apply for Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section members. If you are not currently a member of the Section, you can join here

To register your interest for this event and to be placed onto the mailing list, please click here. 

Proudly supported by

Contact

Ms Chelsea De Silva
Section Administrator
T. 02 6246 3722
E. chelsea.desilva@lawcouncil.asn.au

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

18 Little Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

For registered attendees, the Hilton, Melbourne is offering a discounted rate for bookings on 23 & 24 February 2023. To book, please follow this link.  

Key Speakers

We are pleased to announce the key speakers for this event.

Mr Peter Britten-Jones
Deputy President, Division Head of the General Division, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

The Hon Justice Fiona Meagher
President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Attorney-General

Mark was appointed Attorney-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 June 2022.

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Isaacs in November 2007.

Mark is a passionate defender of the rule of law, freedom of the press and the need for a powerful and independent national anti-corruption commission.

Mark is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in creating a sustainable economy and environment for future generations.

In 2010, Mark was appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. He worked closely with the Prime Minister and with the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to tackle climate change, improve our energy efficiency and increase our use of renewable energy.

In February 2013, Mark was appointed as Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management. In March 2013, Mark was given additional responsibilities as the Minister for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State.

Speaking for the first time as Attorney-General Mark said, "Australia's legal system should provide a framework that allows us to protect and care for all Australians, including our elderly, our sick, our injured, our workers, our new arrivals, our indigenous people, our young and our outspoken writers, artists and journalists."

"The best Attorneys-General are those who seek to ensure that Australian laws reflect our national values of fairness and equality of opportunity."

In his first term, Mark chaired the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and was a member of the House Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Mark's first speech to Parliament reflected on his experience working for and with Indigenous Australians and his passion for the environment. He spoke of his concern about the planning of our urban environments and the critical importance of the quality of policy, laws, and administration in each of these areas.

Before entering Parliament, Mark was a Melbourne barrister and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999.  He served as an advisor to the Victorian Attorney-General and Minister for Planning between 1985 and 1987. 

An expert in commercial and planning law, Mark was the Legal Editor of the Victorian Planning Reports and a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association. He was one of the top defamation lawyers in Victoria.

Mark also appeared for and advised Federal, State and local governments and appeared in several landmark cases in the High Court, including the Stolen Generations litigation.

The program will cover a broad range of topics presented by leading lawyers in federal law, in house counsel, members of the judiciary and federal tribunal members.

Program

Time Topic and Speaker
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Welcome Drinks
Thursday 23 February 2023
The Essoign Club, Level 1, 205 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

8:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Conference
Friday 24 February 2023
RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lunch
Friday 24 February 2023
RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 

RACV City Club

501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

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