Civil liberties, the Rule of Law and the Communist Party case
Published: Monday 12th February 2018
ACU’s Thomas More Law School presents the fourth Annual Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv(ACU) Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 20 February.
In 1951, the High Court of Australia handed down a judgement which still stands today as a triumph for civil liberties and the Rule of Law. At the height of the Cold War, in the face of the Menzies government’s popular mandate to disband the Australian Communist Party, the High Court struck down the legislation banning the Communist Party and affirmed the power of judicial review over legislative actions.
On 20 February, the Honourable Susan Crennan AC QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, will discuss the impact and significance of the Communist Party Case at the fourth Annual Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv(ACU) Memorial Lecture.
When: Tuesday 20 February, 5.30pm
Where: The Peter Cosgrove Centre, North Sydney Campus
Enquiries: For enquiries about this event, please contact Jennifer Downey on 02 9739 2722.
About the speaker - The Honourable Susan Crennan AC, QC
Susan Crennan was appointed to the High Court of Australia in November 2005, after serving for almost two years as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.
Before her appointment, Susan was a barrister for 24 years, spending 14 of these as one of her Majesty’s Counsel (Queen’s Counsel).
During that time she became Chair (now President) of the Victorian Bar Council, President of the Australian Bar Association and served as a Commonwealth Commissioner for Human Rights.
She has also been admitted as a barrister at King’s Inns Dublin and appointed as a Master of the Bench (Hon) of Gray’s Inn, London.
Following retirement from the High Court in 2015, Susan now conducts private dispute resolution, chiefly in Victoria and New South Wales. Susan has been a member and chair of several committees of the Victorian Bar and the University of Melbourne, including serving as Deputy‑Chancellor of the University, and is currently a governor of the Ian Potter Foundation. In 2008 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.