The retirement of Chief Justice Sian Elias will be marked with some hoopla – a conference that will include a range of celebrated legal celebrities.
Among the speakers at the 2019 conference, to be held at Auckland on 31 January – 1 February, and with details still to be announced, will be
The Law Society announced that the conference will be hosted by the Legal Research Foundation, with the support of the New Zealand Law Foundation. It will be chaired by Law Foundation Chair Dr Andrew Butler.
Among the international speakers will be Justice Rosalie Abella (Supreme Court of Canada, pictured left), Professor Stuart Banner (Norman Abrams Professor of Law, University of California), Justice Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa (President of the International Association of Constitutional Law, and former Justice and President of the Constitutional Court of Colombia), Justice Susan Kiefel AC (Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia), Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE (former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia), Justice Kate O’Regan (Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Oxford University, and formerly of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, pictured right), Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne), Professor Jeremy Waldron (School of Law, New York University), Professor Christina Voigt (University of Oslo).
New Zealand speakers include Professor Richard Boast QC (Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington), Sir Kenneth Keith QC (retired Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand), Professor Janet McLean (Faculty of Law, University of Auckland), Professor Paul Rishworth QC (Crown Law Office), Professor Peter Watts QC (Barrister, Bankside Chambers).