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Criminal / Constitutional Law Seminar - Federal Jurisdictions: the Rizeq Decision




Law Society of Tasmania


Law Society of Tasmania

28 Murray Street Hobart, TAS

Staffordshire House (videolink)

56 Charles Street Launceston, TAS

Rae & Partners (videolink)

13 Fenton Street Devonport, TAS

McLean McKenzie & Topfer (videolink)

41 Cattley Street Burnie, TAS



The Law Society and UTAS Faculty of Law are pleased to welcome The Hon Robert French AC to present the 2017 AACL Constitutional Law Seminar - Federal Jurisdiction: the Rizeq Decision.  

Mr French’s seminar will also be relevant to those dealing with criminal or other matters involving residents of other states. 

John Rizeq was a resident of NSW who had been convicted of drug offences under the West Australian Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 and found guilty by a determination of 11 out of 12 jurors in the WA district court.  Rizeq argued that because the trial involved a matter ‘between a State and a resident of another State’ under s75 of the Constitution it was actually an offence against a law of the Commonwealth. As a result, he argued, he was guaranteed a unanimous verdict on an indictable offence under s80 of the Constitution.   Mr French will discuss the case, why the High Court dismissed the appeal and the consequences of the decision on laws applying to matters of an inter-state character.

Following the seminar, attendees are invited to join the ACCL, University and Law Society for drinks with His Honour.

CPD:  1 SL

About the Speaker:

The Hon Robert French AC was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 1 September 2008 and retired from that office on 29 January 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia in science and law. He was admitted in 1972 and practised as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia until 1983 when he went to the Independent Bar.

The Hon French was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in November 1986, an office he held until his appointment as Chief Justice in 2008. From 1994 to 1998 he was the President of the National Native Title Tribunal. In 2010, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is a Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the American Law Institute, and an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and the Australian Bar Association.

Since August 2016 The Hon French has been an Adjunct Professor at the Law School at the University of Western Australia and, since October 2016, a Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. 




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