The Blackburn Lecture is an annual event held in honour of the late Sir Richard Blackburn OBE, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. The lecture is held during Law Week each year.
The general theme for Law Week and the Blackburn is “Law and Justice in Your Community”, however the lecture's topic is traditionally the speaker’s own choice. Past lecturers have concentrated on developments in the law of current relevance to the profession.
Full list of the Blackburn Lectures
The Courts and the Community, The Hon Sir Richard Blackburn OBE, 1986.
The Powers of the Police to Question and Search, The Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs PC GCMG AC KBE QC, 1987.
The Politics of Law Reform, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, 1988.
Administrative Review — the Experience of the First Twelve Years, The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC, 1989.
Courts, Democracy and the Law, The Hon Sir Gerard Brennan KBE AC QC, 1990.
Crown and Representative in the Commonwealth, The Rt Hon Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO QC PC, 1991.
Equal Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law, The Hon Mary Gaudron QC, 1992.
The State of the Judicature in the ACT, The Hon Jeffrey Miles AO, 1993.
Letting the Public Know — The Educative Role of the Courts, The Hon Michael Black AC QC, 1994.
The External Affairs Power in relation to United Nations Conventions; its effect upon the Balance of Power between Commonwealth and States, The Hon Dame Roma Mitchell AC CBE CVO QC, 1995.
The Courts and the Vulnerable, The Hon Paul Finn, 1996.
Access to Justice — Technicalities and the Tribunal System, The Hon Deirdre O’Connor, 1997.
Courts Under the Constitution, The Hon Chief Justice Robert French AC, 1998.
Administrative Law — Aspects of Pre-Millennial Judicial Review, The Hon John Lehane, 1999.
The Attorney-General — A Hybrid Character Who Needs to be Versatile, The Hon John Gallop AM RFD, 2000.
Administrative Review — Observations and Reflections, Bettie McNee, 2001.
Children and Young People — The Law and Human Rights, The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, 2002.
The Contribution of Children to the Jurisprudence of the Federal Magistrates Court and the Relevance of the ‘Best Interests of the Child’ principle in the Legal Work of the Federal Magistrates Court, The Hon Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO QC, 2003.
Investing in the Judiciary, The Hon John Doyle AC QC, 2004.
Hicks and the Geneva Convention, Hindmarsh and Native Title, Stephen Kenny, 2005.
Women in Law — Past Achievements and Future Directions, The Hon Chief Justice Terence Higgins AO, 2006.
The Rule of Law — Looking behind the icon, The Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC, 2007.
Law and Liberty, The Hon Ken Crispin QC, 2008.
Unelected Judges — Out of touch with the Community?, The Hon Lex Lasry QC, 2009.
Injustice within the law — an update, Julian Burnside QC, 2010.
Sentencing and judicial discretion, The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, 2011.
The Courts and the Community, The Hon Michael Black AC QC, 2012.
Reflections on the War on Terror, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Mori (Ret), 2013.
The Individual Judge, The Hon Justice Susan Kiefel AC, 2014.
The Legal Assault on Australian Democracy, Professor George Williams AO, 2015.
Brave New World, Deputy Chief Justice John Faulks, 2016.
Law, Morality and the Public Trust, Justin Gleeson SC, 2017.
Sleepwalking through the minefield: commercial surrogacy and the global response, The Hon Chief Justice John Pascoe AC CVO, 2018.
Pro bono: For whose benefit?, Karen Fryar AM, 2019.