It is with pleasure that the Committee of the NSW Chapter of COAT announces that the tenth annual Whitmore lecture, titled “Judicial Review and the Shifting Sands of Legal Unreasonableness”, will be delivered by the Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President, NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW.
Her Honour attended the Sydney Law School graduating with Honours in Law in 1974 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 14 March 1975. Her Honour was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1989. In 1993, she was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 1996 she was the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and in March 2013 was appointed President of the Court of Appeal. Her Honour is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre and President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Justice Beazley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards and to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In May 2008 she was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney and in 2012 was named as one of the inaugural Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.
There is no fee to attend, however, bookings are essential to ensure adequate seating and catering. The lecture will be followed by light refreshments.
Whitmore Lectures Background
Since 2007 the Council of Australasian Tribunals NSW Chapter (COAT NSW) has held an annual lecture in honour of the late Professor Harry Whitmore. An eminent academic, Professor Whitmore was a member of the Kerr Committee whose groundbreaking recommendations led to citizens being given the right to challenge decisions made by the bureaucracy and greater openness and transparency in government.