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The Byers Lectures 2000-2012

The Byers Lectures 2000-2012

Edited by Nye Perram and Rachel Pepper


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
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
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

Individual pieces

Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC
Eulogy 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
ISBN 9781862878518
Australian RRP $125.00
International Price $115.00
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