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Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration


In 2005, the Board of The Samuel Griffith Society resolved that arrangements should be made for the delivery of a lecture in honour of its founding president, to be known as the "Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration", and that this Oration should be given annually or biannually at Society conferences thereafter. 

The Rt Hon Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs AC, GCMG, KBE, QC - President of the Samuel Griffith Society (1992-2002)

The Rt Hon Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs AC, GCMG, KBE, QC - President of the Samuel Griffith Society (1992-2002)

Inaugural Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2006 (Canberra)
The Honourable Justice John Dyson Heydon AC
Chief Justice Gibbs: Defending the Rule of Law in a Federal System

Second Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2008 (Sydney)
Honourable Ian David Francis Callinan AC
Superior Courts in the Republic of Australia

Third Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2010 (Perth)
Bryan Pape
Stopping Stimulus Spending

The Honourable Justice Patrick Keane AC delivers the Ninth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration in Perth

The Honourable Justice Patrick Keane AC delivers the Ninth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration in Perth

Fourth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2012 (Brisbane)
The Honourable George Henry Brandis QC
In Defence of Freedom of Speech

Fifth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2013 (Sydney)
The Honourable John Dyson Heydon AC
Sir Samuel Griffith as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia


“We must hope that the future raises up people of his intelligence, energy and decency to defend the rule of law in our federal system as worthily as he did”

The Hon Justice Dyson Heydon AC, Inaugural Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration (2006)


Sixth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2014 (Melbourne)
Major-General the Honourable Justice Richard R S Tracey AM, RFD
The Constitution Goes to War

The Honourable Chief Justice Robert French AC delivers the Eighth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration in Adelaide

The Honourable Chief Justice Robert French AC delivers the Eighth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration in Adelaide

Seventh Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2015 (Canberra)
Nicholas Cowdery AM, QC
Magna Carta: Its History & Enduring Relevance

Eighth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2016 (Adelaide)
The Honourable Chief Justice Robert Shenton French AC
Giving and Taking Offence

Ninth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2017 (Perth)
The Honourable Justice Patrick Anthony Keane AC
The Zeitgeist and the Constitution

The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC delivers the Tenth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration in Brisbane

The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC delivers the Tenth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration in Brisbane

Tenth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2018 (Brisbane)
The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Mary Kiefel AC
The High Court Justices and the Weight of War

Eleventh Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration: 2019 (Melbourne)
The Honourable Justice Geoffrey Arthur Akeroyd Nettle AC
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