The Gerard Brennan Lecture - "Just How Common is the Common Law? A historical and comparative perspective"

Presented by The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

“Just How Common is the Common Law?  A historical and comparative perspective”.


Countries who were members of the British Empire were required to be uniform in their decision-making.  That time has past.  The late 20th century in particular has seen divergences more so than convergences between common law courts, in particular those of Australia, Canada and the UK, in the application and development of aspects of the common law.  Why did this occur and what does this mean for the common law?  Is uniformity of the common law across jurisdictions a goal worth pursuing?  Is it realistic?  Indeed is it possible?

Free of charge and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to attend (staff, students, visitors)


Date:  Thursday, 3 October 2019
Where: Basil Sellers Theatre, Building 6 – Bond University
When:  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Who should attend

Law students and members of the legal profession.

Need more information?

Contact Nadia Singh, External Engagement Manager
Faculty of Law
Tel: +61 7 5595 2067  
Email: [email protected]