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Heydon: Selected Speeches and Papers By The Honourable J D Heydon AC QC, Edited by John Sackar and Thomas Prince
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Heydon: Selected Speeches and Papers By The Honourable J D Heydon AC QC, Edited by John Sackar and Thomas Prince

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ISBN 9781760021764 FORTHCOMING Release 31 July, 2018

This insightful, rewarding and highly readable volume is a generous selection of the best of Dyson Heydon's speeches and papers. Most have a legal theme, although the book is of broader interest. As Ian Callinan observes in his preface, in these papers the author "combines the arts of the essayist, historian, orator, obituarist, reviewer, critic, teacher and advocate".

The Honourable J D Heydon AC QC was a Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales, elected Dean of the University of Sydney Law School (aged 34), practised as a barrister (including as Queen's Counsel after practising as a junior for a mere 8 years), before being appointed a Judge of Appeal and Justice of the High Court. He was the Commissioner of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption in 2014-2015.

"Any reader of the Papers will be struck by the depth and width of the author's scholarship. There is not one of the Papers that is not rich in unaffected literary, historical and legal allusion. They are a mine of interesting facts and intelligent fresh insights" (from the Preface by Ian Callinan).




I Lawyers

1. Address at the Fifteen Bobber of the Hon Justice WMC Gummow 
2. Speech in Honour of JRF Lehane 
3. Address to Bench and Bar Dinner 
4. Outstanding Australian Judges 
5. Speech in Honour of Simon and Jan Sheller 
6. Address in Memory of Peter Hely 
7. Toast to the Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC 
8. Address in Memory of John Basil Kearney 
9. Speech in Honour of Lord Hoffmann 
10. Address in Memory of Roderick Pitt Meagher 
11. The Fortunate Life of Ninian Stephen 
12. AWB Simpson’s “The Common Law and Legal Theory” 
13. Tom Hughes

II Outsiders and Dissenters

14. Chief Justice Gibbs: Defending the Rule of Law in a Federal System 
15. The Public Life of John and Nancy Stone 
16. Japanese War Crimes, Retroactive Laws and Mr Justice Pal, Cortina 
17. Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia 
18. President De Gaulle Was Wrong: The European Union, the United Kingdom and Australia

III Judicial Technique

19. Judicial Activism and the Death of the Rule of Law 
20. Limits to the Powers of Ultimate Appellate Courts 
21. How far can Trial Courts and Intermediate Appellate Courts Develop The Law? 
22. Varieties of Judicial Method in the Late 20th Century 
23. Threats to Judicial Independence: The Enemy Within 
24. The “Objective” Approach to Statutory Construction

IV The Australian Constitution

25. The Gaining and Losing of National Independence 
26. One Small Point About Originalism 
27. Theories of Constitutional Interpretation: A Taxonomy 
28. What Do We Mean by the Rule of Law? 
29. Sir Samuel Griffith and the Making of the Australian Constitution 
30. Sir Samuel Griffith as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 
31. Are Bills of Rights Necessary in Common Law Systems?

V Evidence and Criminal Law

32. Common Experience, Judicial Notice and Opinion Evidence: Distinctions, Parallels, Overlaps and Contradictions 
33. The Common Law of Evidence and Human Rights 
34. The Origins of the Indian Evidence Act 
35. The Influence of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen on the Law of Evidence 
36. Reflections on James Fitzjames Stephen 
37. Interactions Between the Common Law and Criminal Codes: Australia 
38. Four Great Australian Legal Disasters 
39. Is the Weight of Evidence Material to its Admissibility?

VI Equity and Contracts

40. The Non-Fiduciary Duty of Directors to Exercise Care: A Study in Flawed Forensic Technique 
41. Modern Fiduciary Liability: The Sick Man of Equity? 
42. Comment on Lord Hoffmann’s “Interpretation of Contracts” 
43. Commentary on Lord Neuberger’s “The Remedial Constructive Trust – Fact or Fiction”

List of All Speeches and Publications


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