Lecture: Enduring issues in defamation law

As a barrister and judge, the Honourable Michael McHugh AC KC shaped modern Australian defamation law, which reconciles the right to reputation with freedom of speech.

A lecture entitled ‘Michael McHugh’s casebook: Enduring issues in defamation law’ will be held in Brisbane tomorrow, Thursday 27 April, presented by the Australian Academy of Law and the Selden Society (Australia).

It will feature Mr McHugh AC KC, Queensland Supreme Court Justice Peter Applegarth AM and legal history scholar Professor David Rolph, the author of the authoritative work, Defamation Law.

Justice Applegarth says that one aim of the event is to give an overview of the expansion and contraction of qualified privilege/public interest defences over the decades, from when McHugh was junior counsel to Clive Evatt KC for Tom Uren MP in Uren’s battles with the Packer press in the 1960s.

The lecture, starting at 5.15 for 5.30pm, will be held in the Banco Court at Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane. Registration for attendance in person or viewing via livestream is required.

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