Thursday 24 May 2018

22nd AIJA Oration
Banco Court, Law Courts Complex, Brisbane
1730 – 1800

 22nd AIJA Oration

The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia

“The adaptability of the law to change” will discuss the extent to which judge-made law can accommodate changes in or the needs of society;  it will survey views about the role of the courts in this regard over time;  whether certainty in the law operates as a limit to change;  and where such change is contemplated, what values inform developments in the law.

1800 – 1900 Light refreshments served following the Oration

Friday 25th May 2018

0730 – 0830 Registration
Ballroom Foyer
Plenary Session 1
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
0830 – 0835

Welcome to Country

Turrbal Elder

0835 – 0855

Official Conference Opening

The Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Queensland

Justice Robert Gotterson, AO, Court of Appeal, Queensland, President of the AIJA

0855 – 0955

The Next Billion Seconds: A State-of-the-World Report from 2050

Mr Mark Pesce, futurist, author, inventor and Honorary Associate at Sydney’s University’s Digital Cultures Program  

0955 – 1055

“Transforming the Justice System”

The Right Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the former Lord Chief Justice, Head of the Judiciary England and Wales and President of the Courts of England and Wales

The use of technology in dispute resolution and litigation – the experience in England and Wales. Lord Thomas will examine the consequences for  dispute resolution and litigation of the move to modern digital technology, including the potential for radical procedural reform and the better use of data and other information to assist in earlier dispute resolution.

1055 – 1125 Morning Tea
The River Room
Plenary Session 2
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
Mr Damien Carrick, 
Host of the ABC’s Law Report
1125 – 1310

Panel Discussion/Q&A responses to above addresses and own insights


1310 – 1410 Lunch
The River Room
Plenary Session 3
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
Ms Lynne Haultain
Executive Director, Victoria Law Foundation
1410 – 1525 The End of Lawyers? Will AI Terminate the Legal Profession?

1525 – 1555 Afternoon Tea
The River Room
Plenary Session 4
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses, Law School, UNSW Sydney and Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation
1555 – 1655 Panel Session Discussion – Substantive law disrupted by new technologies

Sessions conclude
1830 – 1915

Pre-Conference Dinner Networking Event

The Terrace, Customs House
399 Queen Street Brisbane

You are invited to attend a Networking Event hosted by Auscript & For The Record.  The event will be held prior to the conference dinner on the Terrace at Customs House.

Please meet in the lobby at the Stamford Plaza at 6.15pm to walk along the river walkway to the venue.

1915 – 2300

Conference Dinner

Customs House, 399 Queen Street Brisbane

You are invited to attend an informal dinner which will be held at Customs House Brisbane, a fabulous opportunity for networking, whilst enjoying a delicious three course dinner.  The venue is within easy walking distance of the Stamford Plaza, just along the boardwalk. 

Please meet in the lobby at the Stamford Plaza at 6.15pm to walk along the river walkway to the venue.  If you do not wish to attend the networking function prior to the dinner, please meet at 7.00pm.

Tickets to the conference dinner can be purchased during the registration process.


Saturday 26 May 2018

0830 – 0900 Registration
Ballroom Foyer
Plenary Session 5
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
The Hon. Philip Cummins, AM. Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission 
0900 – 1000 R U OK ?  Mental Health for those working in Courts and Tribunals

This session will begin with a video presentation by:
Ms Carly Schrever, Judicial Wellbeing Adviser, Judicial College of Victoria  


1000 -1100 Session Moderator:
Professor Greg Reinhardt, AIJA Executive Director

Technology – Does it offer synergies or a threat to justice and the rule of law

The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon, High Court of Australia
Commentator: Mr Michael Green, SC (NSW)

1100 – 1130 Morning Tea
The River Room
Plenary Session 6
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
The Hon Helen Murrell, Chief Justice of the Australian Capital Territory
1130 – 1215 Criminal Law special session one:
Future forensic developments, such as DNA phenotyping and the use of virtual reality in evidence  

Session Moderator:
Judge Orazio Rinaudo AM, Chief Magistrate, Queensland
1215 – 1330 Criminal Law special session two:
Brave New World: Are the whole raft of modern efficiency and “management” measures affecting the quality of justice?

1330 – 1415 Lunch
The River Room
Plenary Session 7
Grand Ballroom
Session Moderator:
The Hon. Justice Glenn Martin AM, Supreme Court of Queensland
1415 – 1500

The Way Forward – an interactive discussion to come up with ideas for the future

Does the legal profession still have a future?

1500 – 1615

Management of Change – Early Adoption or Maintain the Rage? 

Interactive session with:

1615 – 1630 Conference Close


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