Highly Regarded Us Judge To Headline Landmark Legal Conference

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February 2010

Highly regarded US judge to headline

landmark legal conference

The Law Council is honoured to play host this week to the US judge described

by some as the “Arnold Schwarzenegger of American jurisprudence”.

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is in Sydney

for the

American Bar Association’s

Section of International Law (ABA International)


The conference has been organised in close collaboration with the Law

Council, the Law Society of NSW and the NSW Bar Association.

Law Council President Glenn Ferguson, who officially opened the conference

this morning, said it was a privilege to welcome Justice Scalia to Australia.

“During his visit Justice Scalia will discuss the United States’ judicial

experience with a Bill

of Rights, and whether that provides any guidance in

the current debate in this country about a possible Charter of Human Rights

for Australia,” Mr Ferguson said.

“The Law Council enjoys

a close and productive working relationship with

both the ABA and its Section of International Law,” he said.

“In 2008 the Law Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with

the Section,

which sought to encourage both parties to work together to

enhance the rule of law and the profession of law.” 

“Yesterday, this Memorandum was reaffirmed, and plans made for a close,

co-operative working relationship in the future,” he said.

The conference program includes a high-level US

Australian exchange at

the Banco Court today on “The Internationalisation of Domestic Law and its


followed by a moot court demonstration

entitled the “Art of

Persuading Judges,” at the Sydney University Law School tomorrow.

It is the first time the ABA Section of International Law has held the

conference in Australia. For details, visit www.lawcouncil.asn.au

Media Contact:

Vanessa Kleinschmidt, Director Communications & Stakeholder Relations 

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national level, to speak on behalf of its constituent bodies on national

issues, and to promote the administration of justice, access to justice and

general improvement of the law.

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