Keynote Speakers and Special Guests


Stephen Gageler AC

Stephen John Gageler was appointed to the High Court in October 2012. At the time of his appointment he was Solicitor-General of Australia.  He is a graduate of the Australian National University and has post-graduate qualifications from Harvard University. He was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000. Before his appointment as Solicitor-General in 2008, he practised as a barrister extensively throughout Australia principally in constitutional law, administrative law and commercial law.

Professor John McMillan AO

John was the Australian Information Commissioner from 2010-15, responsible for administering freedom of information and privacy laws and promoting information policy. He has also held the statutory positions of Commonwealth Ombudsman (2003-10), Integrity Commissioner (Acting) for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (2007), NSW Ombudsman (Acting) (2015-17), and member of the Australian Copyright Tribunal (2015-18). He is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. John was a joint founding member of the Freedom of Information Campaign Committee in the 1970s, which spearheaded the public campaign for FOI legislation in Australia.

Associate Professor Heather Roberts

Dr Heather Roberts is an Associate Professor of Law at the Australia National University. She has honours degrees in law, history and Asian studies, and PhD  explored the constitutional jurisprudence of former Justice of the High Court of Australia Sir William Deane. Heather’s research interests lie in property law, constitutional law, and legal and judicial history and biography. She has been recognised nationally and internationally as a leading expert on court ceremony. In her current research, funded by a fellowship from the Australian Research Council, she in examining ceremony in Australian Supreme Courts since 1901. This project explores how history, geography, and stakeholder priorities (be they those of the executive, the legal profession or the judiciary) are recorded as part of court archives, and how they offer a rich narrative of perceptions of the ‘ideal judge’ in Australia.

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