UNDS Law School Upcoming Lectures

Please see below for interesting lectures being held by the School of Law @ UNDS.


14 May Adjunct Professor Robert Hendrick, University of Seattle “From History’s Greatest Trial: The Cross Examination of Nazi Herman Goering.”

Robert Hedrick is an attorney with Aviation Law Group and an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law in the United States of America.

In his address, Robert will discuss the cross examination of Hermann Goering – considered to be the most significant cross examination in the history of modern jurisprudence. After an overview of Goering’s direct exam, the focus shifts to the cross examination conducted by US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, including a review of topics and impeachment efforts. Jackson’s mistakes are exposed and their significance analyzed. The successes and failures of both examiner and witness are revealed, along with their trial strategy.

Robert Hedrick’s legal practice focuses on aviation accident litigation. In addition to a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, Robert has an LL.M. in International Air and Space Law from McGill University, and a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies from the University of North Dakota. Robert also teaches Aviation Law at Seattle University and has also published more than 30 articles. 

Presenter: Robert Hedrick

Date: Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Time: 6pm onwards

Venue: T.E.F. Hughes QC Moot Court, University of Notre Dame School of Law 29-34 Shepherd Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008 

RSVP not required. For further information contact Prasan Ulluwishewa, Assistant Dean, School of Law on (02) 8204 4300 or email Prasan.ulluwishewa@nd.edu.au

21 May  Dean Michael Quinlan (School of Law)/ Dean Geoff Morris (School of Business) “Careers in Law and Business.” For more information see linkhttp://www.nd.edu.au/events/sydney/careers-in-law-and-business-evening 

23 June 2014 – 27 June 2014 Associate Dean Dr A. Keith Thompson Law and Religion. 

One of the most important issues facing States and the international community today is the appropriate role that religion should play in a variety of legal and political issues. This Unit will focus on the key treaties and international institutions relevant to religion and assess the approach they have taken in determining the appropriate international and national role that religion should play.

We will discuss the controversial modern view that freedom of religion is good for business and that it mathematically correlates with the presence of other fundamental freedoms and the longevity of democracy. A key focus of the Unit will also be on the approach which the Australian legislature, executive and judicature have taken in resolving a variety of issues involving religion.

Particular topics covered in the Unit will include the approach of international law to religion, the role of the Australian Constitution, anti-discrimination laws, blasphemy and anti-conversion laws. The unit will be taught in an interactive style where students will be able to discuss with their colleagues some of the key moral and political issues that are raised in addressing the appropriate relationship that should exist between the law and religion.

The Unit is open to all members of the public and there is no requirement for students to have a law degree to enrol in it. The Unit may be undertaken at an undergraduate or at a masters level and may be accredited towards law or theology degrees that students are undertaking at the University of Notre Dame Australia or, subject to their own accreditation rules, at other Universities or Colleges.

Presenter: Dr A. Keith Thompson. He has worked professionally on law and religion matters on almost every continent. He is the author of Religious Confession and the Common Law (Brill, Leiden, 2011) and is a Senior Fellow of Brigham Young University’s Law and Religion Center based in Provo, Utah.

Date: Monday, 23 June 2014 – Friday, 27 June 2014
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broadway, Sydney

Please contact the University Admissions Office on (02) 8204 4430 to enrol or to find out further information about the Unit. 

20 August Senator George Brandis, Annual Lecture  on Religious Liberty. Further details of this event will be available soon.

28 August Augusto Zimmermann, Associate Dean (Research) Murdoch School of Law and author of Western Legal Theory: History, Concepts and Perspectives (LexisNexis, Butterworths, 2013) “Evolutionary Legal Theories: The Impact of Evolutionary Theory on Western Conceptions of Law.” Further details of this event will be available soon.

Augusto Zimmermann will also be speaking at a St Thomas More Society function on 27 August to be held in the offices of Allens on the topic Under God and the Law”: Christian Roots of the Common Law. Further details of this event will be available soon.