Law Oration

Our annual Law Oration explores important legal issues that affect our lives and shape our community.

The Law Oration is a free public event that gives you the chance to hear the views of some of the most interesting public figures in the law, and to take part in law and justice debates in Victoria.

Proudly presented by Victoria Law Foundation, the Law Oration attracts Australian and international speakers.

Register your attendance for the 2019 Law Oration

Equity and good conscience: the judge as moral arbiter and the regulation of modern commerce

Presented by the Honourable Justice Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal.

Revelations from the Banking Royal Commission have given us stark examples of the gap that can arise between commercial behaviour and community standards.

Where does behaviour by one of the players in a business deal cross a line and become ‘unconscionable’?

And when that question arises before a court, what is the judge’s responsibility in making essentially moral decisions in a commercial environment?

The language of conscience underpins a range of private law doctrines, and the law can be used to restrain conduct which is ‘against good conscience’.

The oration will explore unconscionable conduct as an equitable and statutory concept, highlighting the role judges play in making moral judgments about commercial dealings.

Join us for the 2019 Law Oration

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Time: 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Doors open at 5:30 pm

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