In 2000, the NSW Bar Association established an annual lecture in honour of Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC, Commonwealth Solicitor-General 1973-1983; this volume contains the first 12 lectures, 2000-2012. Each lecture is introduced by Justices Nye Perram and Rachel Pepper who discuss the background to the lecture and developments which have taken place since it was delivered. In addition, there is a short collection of thoughts by Sir Maurice himself together with some further pieces.
The Byers Lectures
Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC Strengths and perils: The Bar at the turn of the century MH McHugh AC QC Does Chapter III of the Constitution protect substantive as well as procedural rights? Professor Leslie Zines AO Legalism, realism and judicial rhetoric in constitutional law Keith Mason AC What is wrong with top-down legal reasoning? W M C Gummow AC Statutes D F Jackson AM QC The implications of the Constitution J D Heydon AC Theories of constitutional interpretation: a taxonomy Dame Sian Elias GNZM PC Judicial review today Stephen Gageler SC Beyond the text: A vision of the structure and function of the Constitution David Bennett AC QC Rules that ought not to be applied: The ultimate iconoclasm J J Spigelman AC Truth and the Law Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC Dictator or Dialogue? The relationship between the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the European Court of Justice
Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QCEulogy for Sir Maurice T E F Hughes AO QC Obituary for Sir Maurice Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC An Advocate’s View of the Judiciary Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC Speech on the occasion of his receiving a Knighthood Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC Speech in response on the occasion of a dinner given in his honour on 17 June 1994
"The lectures which are collected in this volume are the result of the decision of the New South Wales Bar Association to establish an annual lecture to commemorate Sir Maurice. … the lectures are concerned with issues in constitutional and administrative law, and advocacy, especially as an aspect of the relationship between Bar and Bench in the co-operative enterprise of the administration of justice. … the lecturers are drawn from the most eminent judges, academic lawyers and barristers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Any Australian lawyer interested in constitutional law, administrative law or advocacy should read this book: otherwise he or she may be left behind." Read full review...
The Hon Justice Patrick Keane, Queensland Legal Yearbook, 2012
Foreword by Hon Murray Gleeson
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Published 24 October 2012
Publisher The Federation Press
Australian RRP $125.00
International Price $115.00
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