ALRC InBrief | February 2021

AAL/ALRC Seminar: Public Confidence, Apprehended Bias, and the Modern Federal Judiciary

The Australian Law Reform Commission invites you to a panel seminar on Tuesday 2 March 2021 hosted in conjunction with the Australian Academy of Law.
An expert panel will explore how the fair-minded observer is faring by examining issues of public confidence, apprehended bias, and the modern federal judiciary. The Q&A style format will provide the opportunity for questions relevant to the ALRC’s ongoing review of judicial impartiality.
The seminar will be delivered online, via Microsoft Teams, along with limited in-person attendance at the Federal Court Building in Sydney.

Date: Tuesday 2 March 2021
Time: 5.30pm AEDT


  • The Hon Justice Sarah Derrington, ALRC President


  • The Hon Justice Michael Lee, Federal Court of Australia
  • His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Professor Gabrielle Appleby, University of New South Wales
  • Mr Anthony McAvoy SC, Barrister
  • Mr Chris Merritt, Journalist and Rule of Law Institute Australia Vice President

A leaflet with further details of the seminar is available for download

Please circulate this invitation to your colleagues who may find this seminar of interest.

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ALRC Aurora Intern Sharna WillieAurora Intern brings Indigenous perspective to the ALRC

In January 2021 Aurora Intern Sharna Willie, a Nunukul and Barada Kabalbara woman, joined the ALRC for a six week placement.

Sharna is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, majoring in Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability. Having completed the first year of her tertiary education, Sharna viewed the summer break as a perfect opportunity to pursue some real-life experience—successfully applying for, and receiving, an Aurora intern placement with the ALRC.

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