Commonwealth Law Conference
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.
Registrations are now open!
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
Date: Friday, 24 February 2023
Time: 8.45am - 1.00pm (AEDT) followed by lunch
Venue: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
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.
Proudly supported by
Ms Chelsea De Silva
T. 02 6246 3722
Registrations for the Commonwealth Law Conference are now open.
Ticket Categories and Rates
|FLDRS Member||FLDRS Member||$250.00||+ Add to cart|
|Non-Member||Non-member||$350.00||+ Add to cart|
|Optional Add On||Welcome Drinks||$20.00||+ Add to cart|
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.
We are pleased to announce the key speakers for this event.
Mr Peter Britten-Jones
The Hon Justice Fiona Meagher
The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
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 Hon Chief Justice William Alstergren AO
The Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia is the Honourable William Alstergren. Chief Justice Alstergren is also Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
Chief Judge Alstergren was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia on 10 December 2018. His Honour was appointed Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in October 2017. His Honour held a dual appointment as Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court from December 2017 and he has presided over the Appeals Division of the Family Court since March 2018.
Chief Justice Alstergren has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. He also has a Master of Laws. He practised as a barrister in Melbourne from 1991, and took silk in 2012. He was the Chairman of the Victorian Bar in 2013 and President of the Australian Bar Association in 2017.
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.
|Time||Topic and Speaker|
|6:30 PM - 10:00 PM||
|8:45 AM - 1:00 PM||
|1:00 PM - 2:30 PM||
RACV City Club
501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
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