ANU snaffles The Great Dissenter for the law school

johnboy 9 February 2009 3

After all the hoo haa about the resignation of High Court Justice Michael Kirby at the start of the month, there’s news that he will not be lost to Canberra.

The ANU has announced his appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

    “It is a great honour for us to welcome one of Australia’s most distinguished jurists to the College, and staff and students will relish the opportunity to learn from his experience. The Hon Michael Kirby has been a real pioneer in Australia in the area of law reform, which is an important part of the ethos of the College, and his work in the area of human rights and his concern as a judge for the ends and purposes of the law and the demands of justice have made him an inspirational role model for students.”

    The Hon Michael Kirby said that he was looking forward to taking his position with ANU.

    “ANU is one of the great universities of the world. I have always enjoyed my interaction with its staff and students, and not only in the legal discipline. They are bright, forward-looking and have a strong internationalist outlook,” he said.

    “I am looking forward to taking up my new role. Especially to be in the company of Sir Anthony Mason, one of Australia’s great judges. In fact, I may skip my own lectures and attend his,” he quipped.

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3 Responses to ANU snaffles The Great Dissenter for the law school
jakez jakez 12:22 pm 09 Feb 09

Kirby’s somewhat ‘uber developmentalist’ approach to constitutional interpretation often clashed with my own emphasis on something of an originalist/textualist blend, however I have to say he has always been one of my favourite justices, simply because he is interesting.

Plus I’ll always appreciate his dissent along with Justice Callinan in the Workchoices case.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:53 am 09 Feb 09

Great – now Michael Kirby and Mick Dodson can spend all day lounging around the College of Law complaining how terrible Australia really is…….

caf caf 11:42 am 09 Feb 09

I think he retired, rather than resigned (High Court Justices have to retire when they hit 70).

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