On Friday 27 July, the SLJ’s Annual Kirby Lecture was held at the Gold Coast. This year’s speaker was SLJ alumnus and former CEO and Principal Solicitor of the NSW Environmental Defender’s Office, Ms. Sue Higginson. Sue’s compelling paper, ‘The Lawfare Problem: A Case for an Environmental Rule of Law’ explored the critical role of public interest environmental litigation in protecting the environment and upholding the rule of law.

The 2018 Lecture was historic, in that for the first time, a distinguished graduate of the SLJ joined the ranks of Kirby lecturers, a list that began with the series’ patron, Mr. Kirby himself, and includes other national figures such as former Justice Margaret McMurdo of the Queensland Court of Appeal, former Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs, and former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.