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Law Council of Australia

Mahla Pearlman Oration 2023

20 July 2023 | Sydney & online 

The Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Environment and Planning Law Association of New South Wales will co-host the 11th Mahla Pearlman Oration on 20 July 2023 in Sydney and online. 

The Mahla Pearlman Oration honours the memory of the late Honourable Mahla Pearlman AO, the former Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales (1992–2003), and former President of the Law Council of Australia (1989–90). The annual event is a tribute to Chief Judge Pearlman’s achievements and inspiration to younger generations of environmental lawyers. 

We are pleased to announce this year’s featured speaker – Dr Tony McAvoy SC – who will give a speech entitled “The Rock, the Gorge and the Voice: protecting places and spaces”.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023
Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm 
Cost: Free
Location: Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, 184 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000 

Dinner Details

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: $150.00
Location: Verandah Bar, 55/65 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000


Ms Chelsea De Silva
Section Administrator
T. 02 6246 3722

Registrations for the Mahla Pearlman Oration 2023 are now open.

Ticket Categories and Rates

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Key Speakers

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

Mr Tony McAvoy SC
Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers

Appointed Senior Counsel in 2015, Tony has developed a strong native title practice and has successfully appeared for claimants in several land claims. He has also acquired significant experience in the areas of environmental law, administrative law, human rights and discrimination law, coronial inquests and criminal law.

Notably, between 2011 and 2013, Tony was an Acting Part-Time Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Tony is also the Acting Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner from the period of 8 December 2021 to 30 June 2022.

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