Eminent Visitor Program

Baker McKenzie Eminent Visitor Program

Baker McKenzie has been a philanthropic supporter of the Bond University Faculty of Law since the Faculty’s inception in 1989. In the tradition of this support, the Baker McKenzie Eminent Visitor Program hosts short-term visits by distinguished individuals from around Australia and overseas to the Bond Faculty of Law. Under the program, three eminent visitors will be hosted per annum.

Each eminent visitor will spend 5 to 6 days on the Gold Coast. During this time, they will give at least two formal presentations – one to Bond Law academics and students, and one to members of the local profession and/or members of the community generally. They will also participate in Faculty life – meeting with academics and students, conducting guest seminars, and so on. In addition, the eminent visitor will spend 1 to 2 days in Brisbane, where they will present to Baker McKenzie staff and clients, and other Brisbane practitioners. Where feasible, the eminent visitor will also visit the Sydney and Melbourne offices of Baker McKenzie.

Potential eminent visitors include renowned academics, high-profile lawyers, world-famous business persons, notable government officials such as Foreign Trade Ministers and FTA Chief Negotiators, respected diplomats such as Ambassadors and High Commissioners, and senior representatives from the WTO, IMF, Asian Development Bank and UNCITRAL.

Formal invitations to participate in the Baker McKenzie Eminent Visitor Program will be issued by either the Bond Faculty of Law or Baker McKenzie.

Previous Eminent Visitors

  • Mr David Coltart, then Shadow Attorney General of Zimbabwe
  • Professor Ernst Nordtveit, University of Bergen
  • Ms Christine Lagarde, then Minister of Finance in the French Government, and currently Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • Professor Lawrence Baxter, Duke University

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