Speeches by the Honourable T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW


​06 Dec
Farewell Ceremony for the Hon Justice Clifton Hoeben AM RFD
​09 Nov
21st Century Legal Practice: International and Domestic – Chief Justices Past and Present Dispute Resolution Lecture Series 
​03 Nov
Modern and Future Judging - Sir Maurice Byers Lecture 2021
05 Oct
Commercial Trusts and the Liability of Beneficiaries: Are Commercial Trusts a Satisfactory Vehicle to be used in Modern Day Commerce? 2021 Harold Ford Memorial Lecture
31 Jul
Persuasive Criminal Advocacy
​17 Jun
Opening Remarks: UNSW Evening with a Justice 
0​5 May
Introductory Remarks: Murder at Myall Creek Lecture
06 Apr
Challenges to the Rule of Law in Modern Society
​24 Feb
Newcastle Admission Ceremony Speech
2021 Admission Ceremony Speech
10 Feb
Remarks: Opening of Law Term Jewish Service
03 Feb
Trust in the Judiciary – Opening of Law Term Dinner
Remarks: Australian Disputes Centre 35th Anniversary of Mediation Training Program
​12 Oct
Welcome Address:  ACICA and CIArb International Arbitration Conference 2020
​08 Oct
The History of Defamation Law: Unjumbling a Tangled Web
2020 Admission Ceremony Speech
​28 Mar
Don’t Be Court Out: The Basics Of Court Etiquette​
​26 Feb
College of Law Judges’ Series: Lawyer-Client Privilege
​12 Feb
Remarks: Opening of Law Term Jewish Service 
​05 Feb
Law as a Reflection of the ‘Moral Conscience’ of Society - Opening of Law Term Dinner

​28 Nov
Hammerschlag’s Commercial Court Handbook – Book Launch
​27 Nov
Contract Law in Japan and ASEAN Consumer Law – Book Launch
​29 Oct
Does the Modern Corporation Have a Future? – Supreme Court Annual Corporate Law Conference 2019
​29 Oct
​Remarks: 50th Anniversary of the Council of Law Reporting for New South Wales
​16 Oct
'Something More, Something Less':  The Contemporary Meaning of Open Justice – Communications and Media Law Association
​19 Sep
​‘A tough nut to crack’: The History of the Legal Profession in New South Wales
​14 Sep
​Death and Taxes: The Policy Objectives of Succession Law – Sir Anthony Mason Oration 2019
​05 Sep
Heydon on Contract – Book Launch
08 Aug​
Demystifying Judicial Commissions – Federal Circuit Court of Australia Plenary 2019
​10 Jul
The Future Direction of Anti-Corruption Commissions: An Australian Legal Perspective – International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Annual Conference 2019
​27 Jun
Ethical Legal Practice and Professional Conduct – Book Launch
​07 Jun
University of Sydney Law Graduation Ceremony – Occasional Address
​23 May
‘Easier for a Camel to Pass Through the Eye of a Needle’: The Lessons for Australia from Brexit – Michael O’Dea Oration 2019
​16 Apr
Defining the Public Interest: Where Lawyers Fear to Tread? – Public Interest Symposium 2019
​10 Apr
​Remarks: Law Society of New South Wales FLIP Stream Seminar
​05 Apr
​The Place of Religious Law in a Pluralist Society – Aloysian Law Lunch 2019
​22 Mar
​Not a Master, But a Teacher: The Role of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales – Law Council of Australia Directors’ Dinner
​16 Mar
Is Discretion the Better Part of Sentencing? – Public Defenders’ Criminal Law Conference 2019
​27 Feb
Farewell Ceremony for the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
​14 Feb 
The Mysteries of Judicial Power: Defining the Relationship between Law and Power in the Modern State – 2019 George Winterton Memorial Lecture
​06 Feb
Remarks: Opening of Law Term Jewish Service​
​30 Jan
Who Judges the Judges, and How Should They Be Judged? – Opening of Law Term Dinner
2019 Admission Ceremony Speech

​16 Nov
The Role of the Commercial Bar in the Mid-21st Century – Keynote Address at the 2018 Australian Bar Association National Conference​
​12 Nov
​Remembrance Day Ceremony: Commemorating the sacrifice and service of the NSW legal profession in the First World War
​30 Oct 
​Address to NSW Legislative Drafters on the Principle of Legality
​18 Oct
The History of the Law of Commercial Arbitration
​20 Sep
​ADR, ODR and AI-DR, or do we even need courts anymore? - Inaugural Supreme Court ADR Address
​17 Sep
Justice on Shoestring: How do we make the legal dollar for further? - Inaugural Bill Grant Access to Justice Oration
​07 Sep 
Writing Better Judgments: Speech delivered at the Council of Australasian Tribunals NSW Annual Conference​
​23 Aug
Address at the Closing Ceremony of the International Law Association Biennial Conference
​21 Aug
The Courts and Integrity Bodies: Constitutional Conundrums – Paper presented at the Symposium on Australia’s National Integrity Institutions: Strengths, Weaknesses, Options 
​11 Aug
Perspectives on ADR and Future Trends – Address to the 2018 ADR Masterclass on Making ADR Work in a #FakeNews World
​04 Jul
The Role of the Courts: Address to the ACICA Symposium on Underwriting Cross-Border Contracts – The significance of the New York Convention 60 years on​
​26 Jun
​Directors’ and Officers’ Duties in the Age of Regulation: Address at the Conference in Honour of Professor Robert Baxt AO
​29 May
Affinity Iftar Keynote Address: Trust in the Judiciary
​16 May
Reception for Lysicrates Prize Foundation
​18 Apr
Closing Keynote Address at the 24th International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress: Evolution and Adaptation, The Future of International Arbitration
​27 Mar
Farewell Ceremony for the Hon Justice Carolyn Simpson
​08 Feb
Farewell Ceremony for the Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM
​07 Feb
Remarks: Opening of Law Term Jewish Service
​31 Jan
The Place of Lawyers in Politics - Opening of Law Term Dinner
2018 Admission Ceremony Speech

​25 Nov
​Keynote Address, Indian National Bar Association Annual Conference – A Comparative Perspective on Privacy Law: The Australian Experience
​26 Oct
New tricks for old dogs: the limits of judicial review of integrity bonds - The James Spigelman Oration 2017
​18 Oct
The History of Criminal Law
​11 Oct
Welcome Address: 30th Anniversary of the Judicial Commission Reception
​28 Jun
Launch of the Electronic State Reports (New South Wales)
​03 Apr​Writing Judgments with the Parties in Mind : NJCA “Writing Better Judgments” Program Keynote Address​
​30 Mar​​Off with the wig: Issues that arise for advocates when switching from the courtroom to the negotiating table
​​25 ​MarOn to Strasbourg or back to Temple?: The future of European law in Australia post-Brexit
​01 Feb​Doing Right By "All Manner of People": Building a More Inclusive Legal System - Opening of Law Term Dinner
2017 Admission Ceremony Speech
​25 NovKeynote Address, Inaugural Sir James Martin Oration
​22 NovOpening Address, 4th International Arbitration Conference​​
​21 Nov​​The benefits of courts such as Singapore International Commercial Court
​11 NovLaunch of the NSW Branch of the Hellenic Australia Lawyers Association
​09 NovThe History of Contract Law
​21 OctPrying Open the Court Doors: Meeting the Challenges of International Commercial Litigation in Australia
​14 SepPacific Judicial Conference, Papua New Guinea - ​​Specialised Courts/Court Tracks - The Way to Go?
​20162016 Admission Ceremony Speech
​19 JulThe impact of the First World War on the NSW Judiciary​​
​21 JunTweeters, Posters and Grammers Beware: Discovery and Social Media Evidence
​04 JunCosts in Representative Proceedings, Costs Budgeting and Fixed Costs Schemes
​03 JunOpening Address: Future of Law Reporting in Australia Forum
​25 MayIntroductory Remarks, GC1000 Meet the Regulators
​02 MayLaunch of the Special Edition of the Australian Tax Review in Recognition of the Hon RF Edmonds SC
​19 AprAccess to Justice in Regional New South Wales, Newcastle Business Club
11 AprJudicial Responses to Domestic Violence
​31 Mar​Book Launch: Insurance Contracts Act Handbook, 9th Edition
​21 MarStatutory Commissions, Compulsory Examinations and Common Law Rights
​08 MarBook Launch: Adjudication on the Gold Fields in NSW and Victoria in the 19th Century
​05 MarThree Contemporary Issues in Civil Litigation: Expert Evidence, Discovery and Alternative Dispute Resolution
​02 Mar​Illegally or Improperly Obtained Evidence: In Defence of Australia's Discretionary Approach
​10 Feb​​Remarks: Opening of Law Term Shabbat Dinner
​04 FebOpening of law term address: 'The Nature of the Profession: The State of the Law'​

Appendix & Search Results


​18 Dec
​29 Oct​​College of Law Judge's Series: Lawyer/Client Privilege
​27 OctHistory of Equity - delivered at the Forbes Legal History Tutorial
​31 Jul50 years of Commercial Law
​09 JuliAdvocate v Rumpole: Who will survive? An analysis of advocates' ongoing relevance in the age of technology
​13 Jun​"Counting Ceorls and Eorls" - 20th Anniversary of the Evidence Act​​
​06 May​"Buttered Parsnips and a Damp Squib"
​20 AprSwearing Out Ceremony of the Hon Justice Reginald Barrett
​Feb2015 ​Admission Ceremony Speech
​18 FebAfter the Civil Procedure Act - 10 Year Anniversary of the Civil Procedure Act
​02 FebOpening of Law Term Dinner Address 2015


​14 NovDuties to the Court, Duties of the Court - Law Society Planning Conference
​13 NovAccessing justice and dispensing it justly: some assorted thoughts - Salvos Legal Lecture Series
​08 NovAccessing justice and dispensing it justly: some assorted thoughts - Salvos Legal Lecture Series
​30 OctCommunity Awareness of the Judiciary Program - Opening Remarks
​05 Oct27th LAWASIA Conference - Environmental/Judicial Session
​03 SepThe History of Insolvency Law
​21 AugPanel discussion: privilege, confidentiality and privacy in the ADR forum
16 Jul Ramadan Iftar Dinner
18 Jun

A different judicial perspective on discovery - 8th Information Governance and ediscovery summit

22 May

The Bail Act 2013: Selected Scenarios - DVD Launch

07 Apr

Key Issues in Judicial Review - Book Launch

04 Apr

Justice in Arms: Military Lawyers in the Australian Army's First Hundred Years - Book Launch

29 Mar Duties of Bar and Bench: Some Reflections on Case Management and Judicial Bias
03 Mar Newcastle University address: The trials and tribulations of being a lawyer
21 Feb LawAsia Opening Address
13 Feb Winterton's Australian Federal Constitutional Law - Book Launch

2014 Admission Ceremony speech

03 Feb


Opening of Law Term Dinner Address 2014


15 Nov ADT Members' Conference - Opening Remarks
08 Nov University of Western Sydney Law School Alumni Association - Annual Dinner Occasional Address
28 Oct The Importance of Developing Convergent Commercial Law Systems, Procedurally and Substantively
12 Oct Toongabbie Legal Centre Annual Fundraising Dinner
11 Oct Separation of Powers: Reality or Desirable Fiction - JCA Colloquium
19 Sep Insurance Law - A View From the Bench
03 Sep The Historical Development of Corporations Law
​31 Aug It Tolls for Thee: Accessorial Liability After Bell v Westpac
12 Jul LPAB Diploma in Law Graduation - Occassional Address (University of Sydney)
08 May  Insolvency Practitioner's Association of Australia - National Conference
06 May Aviation Law Conference
16 Apr Lawyers and Commercialism: Help or Hindrance?
2013 2013 Admission Ceremony speech
13 Mar The Importance of Public Service - Affinity Intercultural Foundation Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony
28 Feb Superannuation Lawyers Conference Opening Remarks
29 Jan Opening of Law Term Dinner Address 2013


03 Dec Formal Ceremony in Honour of the Re-opening of Banco Court and 100 Year Anniversary of the Court of Criminal Appeal
21 Nov Social Media: the End of CIvilization? - Warrane Lecture, UNSW
15 Nov Legal Education - Does It Make Good Lawyers
24 Oct Federalism and the National Legal Profession Reforms
13 Oct Director's, Trustee and Fiduciary Duties in the Context of Domestic Corporate Arrangements - Annual Family Law Conference
10 Oct Community Awareness of the Judiciary Program
01 Aug Beyond the Stocks - A Community Approach to Crime
26 Jul Justice for Hire: Have Gavel, Will Travel (Or, Arbitrators and the Judicial Duty)
21 Apr Commercialisation of Legal Practice
24 Mar The Legal Profession and the Defence Forces: Historical Connections
14 Mar Commonwealth Secretariat Pacific Judges Regional Forum
29 Feb The Australian Arbitration Option - Forum Mumbai and New Delhi
10 Feb Address to Law Shabbat Dinner
2012 2012 Admission Ceremony speech
30 Jan
Opening of Law Term Dinner Address 2012


01 Dec Address to the University of NSW Law 40th Anniversary Conference
29 Nov Interpretation of Contracts in Australia - Book Launch
16 Nov Address to the City of Sydney Law Society Annual Dinner
27 Oct Address to the University of NSW Law School Book Celebration
19 Oct Address to Sydney Law School Foundation Reception
06 Oct 2011 Australasian Court Administrators Conference - Opening Address
21 Sep Address to the Continuing Professional Development Seminar
10 Sep Exchanging Ideas Conference - Welcome Address
09 Sep Address to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
23 Aug Annual Corporate Law Conference - Welcome Address
20 Aug Annual Supreme Court Judges' Conference - Opening Address
13 Aug Advanced Altenative Dispute Resolution Workshop - Opening Address
09 Aug Speech on the Retirement of the Hon David Hodgson AO
01 Jun Swearing In Ceremony of the Honourable TF Bathurst QC