Speakers | Excursions


Speakers and topics include:

  • His Excellency Mr Brendan Berne, Australia’s Ambassador to France, will open the event.
  • Justice Stephen Gageler AC of the High Court of Australia – Collective decision-making in common law and civil law courts.
  • Justice Martin Daubney AM of the Supreme Court of Queensland and President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal – Judges in the Age of Disruption.
  • Judge Iulia Motoc of the European Court of Human Rights – The Modern Justiciability of Human Rights.
  • Dr Matt Collins QC President, Victorian Bar – Press freedom in the 21st century: the internet, jury trials and anti-terror laws.
  • Pierre Baume Barrister, Victorian Bar – To die or not to die – I now choose to die!
  • Hubert de Vauplane Partner, Kramer Levin, Paris – Bitcoin and Blockchain: What Lawyers Need to Know.

Presentations are given in English.


In 2020, delegates will choose from the following excursions (subject to capacity limits):

Excursion 1: Walking Tour

Option 1: A walk through the streets of Paris in the lingering shadows of wars, revolutions and revolutionaries led by The Hon. Justice Ann Lyons.

Option 2: Parisian highlights for bibliophiles, collectors, chocoholics and other romantics led by Dr Gerard Carney and Prof. Pascale Bloch.

Excursion 2: French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale)

The National Assembly is the lower house of the bicameral Parliament of France under the Fifth Republic.

Excursion 3: Council of State (Counsel d’Etat)

In France, the Council of State is a body of the French national government that acts both as legal advisor of the executive branch and as the supreme court for administrative justice. Established in 1799 by Napoleon as a successor to the King’s Council (Conseil du Roi), it is located in the Palais-Royal in Paris and is primarily made up of top-level legal officers.

Excursion 4: The Old Sorbonne

Established in the 13th century, it is one of the world’s oldest university sites.

We hope you will join us.

This following video is a presentation on the trial of the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, by Prof. Gerard Carney. It was presented in the same courtroom in which Marie Antoinette was tried, at the Palais de Justice. It was presented as part of the CLE Paris 2017 Global Law Conference on 5 January 2017.