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Thursday 24 May 2018

22nd AIJA Oration
Banco Court, Law Courts Complex, Brisbane
1730 – 1830

 22nd AIJA Oration

The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia

“The adaptability of the law to change” will discuss the extent to which judge-made law can accommodate changes in or the needs of society;  it will survey views about the role of the courts in this regard over time;  whether certainty in the law operates as a limit to change;  and where such change is contemplated, what values inform developments in the law.

1830 – 1900 Light refreshments served following the Oration

Friday 25th May 2018

0730 – 0830 Registration
Ballroom Foyer
Plenary Session 1
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
0830 – 0835

Welcome to Country

Turrbal Elder

0835 – 0845

Official conference opening & address from the AIJA President

Justice Robert Gotterson, AO, Court of Appeal, Queensland

0845 – 0945

Towards the future: The world in the year 2050

Mr Murray Bruce

0945 – 1045

“Transforming the Justice System”

The Right Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the former Lord Chief Justice, Head of the Judiciary England and Wales and President of the Courts of England and Wales

The use of technology in dispute resolution and litigation – the experience in England and Wales. Lord Thomas will examine the consequences for  dispute resolution and litigation of the move to modern digital technology, including the potential for radical procedural reform and the better use of data and other information to assist in earlier dispute resolution.
1045 – 1115 Morning Tea
The River Room
Plenary Session 2
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
Mr Damien Carrick, 
Host of the ABC’s Law Report
1115 – 1300

Panel Discussion/Q&A responses to above addresses and own insights


  • The Honourable Justice Helen Winkelmann, Court of Appeal, New Zealand
  • Mr Warwick Soden OAM, Chief Executive Officer, Federal Court of Australia
  • Mr Rajiv Cabraal, Legal, Governance and IP Director, Data61 CSIRO, and a law firm CEO
  • Mr Josh Paffey, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Ms Natalie Wade, Young Lawyer of the Year 2016
1300 – 1400 Lunch
The River Room
Plenary Session 3
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
Lynne Haultain, 
Executive Director, Victoria Law Foundation
1400 – 1515 Artificial Intelligence – What is it? And what is its impact on the Justice System?

  • Mr Athol Birtley, co-inventor of Family Law AI Lawyerbot – Settify
  • Mr Adrian Cartland, Lawyer –Inventor of AILIRA (Artificially Intelligent Legal Information Resource Assistant)
  • Professor Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology
1515 – 1545 Afternoon Tea
The River Room
Plenary Session 4
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses, Law School, UNSW Sydney and Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation
1545 – 1645 Panel Session Discussion – Substantive law disrupted by new technologies

Sessions conclude
1900 – 2300

Conference Dinner

Customs House, 399 Queen Street Brisbane

You are invited to attend an informal dinner which will be held at Customs House Brisbane, a fabulous opportunity for networking, whilst enjoying a delicious three course dinner.  The venue is within easy walking distance of the Stamford Plaza, just along the boardwalk.  Tickets to the conference dinner can be purchased during the registration process.

Saturday 26 May 2018

0830 – 0900 Registration
Ballroom Foyer
Plenary Session 5
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
The Hon. Philip Cummins, AM. Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission 
0900 – 1000 R U OK ?  Mental Health for those working in Courts and Tribunals

  • Judge Frank Gucciardo, County Court of Victoria
  • Magistrate Kate Hawkins, Magistrates Court of Victoria
  • The Hon Justice David Boddice, Supreme Court of Queensland
1000 -1100 Session Moderator:
Professor Greg Reinhardt, AIJA Executive Director

Technology – Does it offer synergies or a threat to justice and the rule of law

The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon, High Court of Australia
Commentator: Michael Green, SC (NSW)

1100 – 1130 Morning Tea
The River Room
Plenary Session 6
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
The Hon Helen Murrell, Chief Justice of the Australian Capital Territory
1130 – 1215 Criminal Law special session one:
Future forensic developments, such as DNA phenotyping and the use of virtual reality in evidence  

  • Mr Dean Catoggio, National Institute of Forensic Science
  • Mr Robert Morgan, Senior Forensic Project Officer NIFS
  • The Hon Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of South Australia
Session Moderator:
Judge Orazio Rinaudo AM, Chief Magistrate, Queensland
1215 – 1330 Criminal Law special session two:
Brave New World: Are the whole raft of modern efficiency and “management” measures affecting the quality of justice?

  • The Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias GNZM, Chief Justice of New Zealand
  • Dr Carolyn McKay, University of Sydney
  • Judge Dina Yehia, District Court of NSW
1330 – 1415 Lunch
The River Room
Plenary Session 7
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
The Hon. Justice Glenn Martin AM, Supreme Court of Queensland
1415 – 1500

The Way Forward – an interactive discussion to come up with ideas for the future

Does the legal profession still have a future?

  • Mr Clive Elliot QC, President, New Zealand Bar Association
  • Kate Austin, Managing Associate, Allens
1500 – 1615

Management of Change – Early Adoption or Maintain the Rage? 

Interactive session with:

  • Ms Enid Hughes, Change Management Expert, Deloitte 
  • Dr Adrian McCullagh of ODMOB Lawyers, Brisbane
  • Professor Kathy Laster, Director, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre (Participating Moderator)
1615 – 1630 Conference Close


About the Association

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) is a research and educational institute associated with Monash University. It is funded by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) and also from subscription income from its membership.

The principal objectives of the Institute include research into judicial administration and the development and conduct of educational programmes for judicial officers, court administrators and members of the legal profession in relation to court administration and judicial systems.

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