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Issue 18: June 2007
The Prism - Ken Fleming QC Print E-mail


Ken Fleming QC worked as a Public servant, performed National Service (1967 to 1969) and worked as a farmer before undertaking his LL.B. at the University of Queensland. He graduated in 1975 and was called to the Bar in the following year. He took silk in 1988.

Ken served with the United Nations on a full-time basis from 1999 to 2002 as Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and on a part-time basis in the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2003 to 2005.

What is your motto?

I would like to think I did it my way!

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Contentedness within myself.

What could you not live without?

Good partner, food, wine, coffee and friends.

What is your greatest fear?

Leaving an important aspect unexplained.

What is your greatest indulgence?

Food, wine and travel - it must all be good and/or interesting!

Which skill or talent would you most like to have?

  An even disposition

  What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Unfairness, injustice.

What is the quality you most admire in a person?

Kindness, generosity.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I’ll give it a go! And I will err on the side of generosity.

On what occasion do you lie?


What is your greatest regret?

Any failed relationship or friendship.

Which words or expressions do you most over-use?

“Now, …”; “Absolutely”; and “Why do I do this?”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My propensity for gaining weight when I enjoy my greatest indulgence.

To what do you aspire?

Do you mean apart from sainthood?

How would you like to be remembered?

He used his abilities for good.

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