Magna Carta and common law debated at the 2014 Law Oration

Media release

Australian High Court judge, the Honourable Justice Susan Crennan AC, will tonight share her thoughts on the Magna Carta, common law values and the Constitution for the annual Law Oration presented by Victoria Law Foundation and Melbourne Law School.

As the Magna Carta, which laid down the basis for common law, approaches its 800th anniversary, this free, public event will explore its relevance today.

Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director Joh Kirby said the annual Law Oration offers the general public and legal profession the chance to gain real insights into the law and its history.

‘Bringing the legal sector and the community together in this way to discuss legal issues is a key part of the work of Victoria Law Foundation,’ Ms Kirby said.

‘The Law Oration helps to improve knowledge and understanding of the law and the legal system and gives us all the chance to take part in the law and justice debate in Victoria.’

The oration will be followed by a short question and answer session, facilitated by Victoria Law Foundation Chair, the Honourable P.D. Cummins.

About Justice Crennan AC
Justice Susan Crennan was appointed to the High Court of Australia in November 2005, which is both the ultimate appeal court in Australia and the original jurisdiction under the Constitution. She had then served for almost two years as a judge on the Federal Court of Australia. Before being appointed as a judge, Justice Crennan was a barrister for 24 years, 14 of them as Queen's Counsel. During this time, she also became Chair of the Victorian Bar Council, and then President of the Australian Bar Association. She was the first woman to occupy each of those positions.

Media are invited to attend or to watch live online.

Date: 21 May 2014
Time: 6:00–7:30 pm, Wednesday 21 May 2014
Location: Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street

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