Michael Kirby: Paradoxes and Principles

Author(s): A.J. Brown


Tells the story of the life and work of Michael Kirby, Australia's most famous modern judge. This title charts his public life from his first forays as a student politician in the early 1960s, to his appointments as foundation chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission in 1975, and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009).


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A J Brown is John F Kearney Professor of Public Law at Griffith University one of Australia's leading public law and political science scholars. Born and raised in Canberra, and educated at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Dr Brown has worked as a senior investigator for the Commonwealth Ombudsman, as associate to Justice G E "Tony" Fitzgerald AC, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal, and as a ministerial policy advisor in the Queensland Government. Dr Brown is the foundation lead researcher of the Australian Research Council-funded Australian Constitutional Values Survey, and has been project leader of the world's largest empirical research project into public interest whistleblowing, Whistling While They Work (2005-2009). Most research for the biography on Michael Kirby, which began in 2003, was completed under a Griffith University Research Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship with the ANU College of Law, in 2005-2008. Dr Brown is now based in the Griffith Law School on Griffith University's Gold Coast campus. Previously by AJ Brown: Restructuring Australia - Regionalism, republicanism and reform of the nation-state

Prologue The Watershed The Boy from Concord Maker of his Own Fortune Lost and Found Sydney in the Sixties Love's Laws First, Principles Face of the Eighties A Real Judge at Last From Theory to Practice Brother Judges Man on a Mission The King and I The Highest Court Out and About The Six Days that Shook the Court An Active Judge The Seven The Victory Lap Index

General Fields

  • : 9781862876507
  • : Federation Press
  • : Federation Press
  • : February 2011
  • : Australia
  • : March 2011
  • : January 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : A.J. Brown
  • : Hardback
  • : 411
  • : 347.940234
  • : 528
  • : Illustrations