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QUT Public Lecture - Lieutenant Colonel Dan Mori (Ret)

Topic:  Reflections on the War on Terror and the Mainstreaming of Executive Directed Killings

Mr Mori is renowned for challenging the US military commission system and notoriously represented Australian citizen and Guantánamo Bay detainee David Hicks between 2003 and 2007.

Date:          Thursday 1 August 2013
Time:          5.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue:       Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus 

At this QUT Faculty of Law Public Lecture, Mr Mori will discuss the use of drones in military combat. The tactic, which was first used during the Bush and Obama administrations, has been used with lethal effect in the “War on Terror”. He will cover the historic example of a government response to terrorist attacks including the Israeli's response to the 1972 Munich Olympic attack, and explore the professed changes in international law that has been used as justification in the legal arena and quire the public acceptance of these governmental killings.
Mr Mori joined the Shine Lawyers social justice team in 2012 after serving almost 30 years in the United States Marine Corps where he worked as a military judge and received several US awards and decorations. In 2007, Mr Mori was presented with an honorary membership of the Australian Bar Association for his defence of David Hicks and awarded a civil justice award from the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Register here .

QPILCH Red Wine for Justice

An evening of fine wine, canapés, wine tastings, lively competitions and a sparkling address by our distinguished guest speaker The Hon Patrick Anthony Keane, Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Seeking donations…
Fine wine for auction
Other appealing items for auction
Wine for silent auction
Wine for drinking (red, white, sparkling)
Additional donations of $2 or more are tax deductible


Friday 23 August 2013

6pm sharp

King & Wood Mallesons, Level 33, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Entry $66 (incl GST)

Canapés & wine provided


Register online via www.qpilch.org.au by Thursday 15 August 2013.

Barristers Showcase their Musical Talents

The St Margaret's School string concert on the evening of 18 June could boast an over-abundance of representation from barristers and their families.

For the grand finale, parents and friends who are (or claim to be) able to play stringed instruments were invited to join the student performers. This produced Samantha Traves (wife of our distinguished President, Roger QC) on violin, Jurth on 'cello, and Morris QC on double bass.

Samantha was joining her talented violinist daughters: the exceptionally gifted Annabelle, in grade 12, leads the school orchestra.

Morris and Jurth were there to support Violette Hampson Morris, from grade 2. She plays what is possibly the smallest 'cello ever made - a 1/16th sized instrument, on loan from "Uncle Lev" (who started playing it at the agre of 3).

 After Williams Colloquium: University of Southern Queensland

Toowoomba, 4 October 2013
In 2012, the High Court of Australia decided Williams v Commonwealth.  For the first time in Australia, the Executive was held to be constitutionally incapable of funding new programs in the absence of an enabling statute.  The litigation has direct implications for the school chaplains program in government schools, and for Australian 'church-state' relations. 
The After Williams Colloquium will be a forum for scholarly analysis of the decision, its immediate aftermath, and the future of legislative and executive power in Australia. 
We invite scholars interested in any aspect of Williams to submit a proposal for a presentation on the decision or its implications.  Those already speaking include -

  • Professor Ian Leigh, Durham University, UK
  • Professor Rex Ahdar, University of Otago, NZ
  • Professor Nicholas Aroney, University of Queensland
  • Dr Jeremy Patrick, University of Southern Queensland
  • Professor Suri Ratnapala, University of Queensland
  • Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
  • Mr Ronald Williams, Plaintiff in Williams v Commnwealth

For further information see the registration brochure.

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