The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Michael Kirby is today considered one of Australia’s most recognised and respected judges. When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael was Australia’s longest serving judge.
In 1975, he was appointed as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliating & Arbitration Commission. From 1975-84, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission. He was later appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands. Michael was appointed to the High Court in 1996, where he served until 2009. In this period, he acted as Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.
Awards and Recognition (Post-Judicial Roles)
Since retiring from the High Court, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He is the current Editor-In-Chief of the Law of Australia. Michael has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities, and has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates.
In 2010, Michael Kirby was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize, and appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank). As an member of the Eminent Persons Group (2010-11), Michael helped to investigate the future of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Michael was appointed to the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law from 2010-12, and subsequently served as a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health from 2013-14. Michael became a member of the Global Fund’s High Level Plane, Equitable Access Initiative to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
In late 2013, the President of the UN Human Rights Council, in accordance to a resolution of the Council, appointed Michael to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (2013-14).
A champion of human rights, Michael was elected the Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International bar Association in 2014. The United Nations Foundation of United States of America also awarded him the Leo Navas Award for human rights.
Find out more about the Hon Michael Kirby and his story here: https://www.michaelkirby.com.au/
Read more about the Hon Michael Kirby’s thoughts on Special Leave in the High Court: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/publications/speeches/former-justices/kirbyj/kirbyj_1jun07a.pdf
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