The Federation Press

The Byers Lectures 2000-2012


In 2000, the NSW Bar Association established an annual lecture in honour of Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC, Commonwealth Solicitor-General 1973-1983; this volume contains the first 12 lectures, 2000-2012. Each lecture is introduced by Justices Nye Perram and Rachel Pepper who discuss the background to the lecture and developments which have taken place since it was delivered. In addition, there is a short collection of thoughts by Sir Maurice himself together with some further pieces.

Table of Contents

The Byers Lectures

Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC
Strengths and perils: The Bar at the turn of the century

Does Chapter III of the Constitution protect substantive as well as procedural rights?

Professor Leslie Zines AO
Legalism, realism and judicial rhetoric in constitutional law

Keith Mason AC
What is wrong with top-down legal reasoning?

W M C Gummow AC

D F Jackson AM QC
The implications of the Constitution

J D Heydon AC
Theories of constitutional interpretation: a taxonomy

Dame Sian Elias GNZM PC
Judicial review today

Stephen Gageler SC
Beyond the text: A vision of the structure and function of the Constitution

David Bennett AC QC
Rules that ought not to be applied: The ultimate iconoclasm

J J Spigelman AC
Truth and the Law

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC
Dictator or Dialogue? The relationship between the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the European Court of Justice

Individual pieces

Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC
Eulogy for Sir Maurice

T E F Hughes AO QC
Obituary for Sir Maurice

Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC
An Advocate’s View of the Judiciary

Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC
Speech on the occasion of his receiving a Knighthood

Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC
Speech in response on the occasion of a dinner given in his honour on 17 June 1994

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