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The Mason Conversation 2024

6 August 2024
6.00pm – 7.30pm AEST
Banco Court

The 2024 Mason Conversation features the Honourable Virginia Bell AC in conversation with Scientia Professor Rosalind Dixon, Director, G+T Centre of Public Law, UNSW Sydney.

Virginia Bell was appointed to the High Court of Australia in February 2009, and retired in February 2021. At the time of her appointment to the High Court, she was a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. She graduated from the University of Sydney as a Bachelor of Laws in 1977. After seven years as a solicitor with the Redfern Legal Centre, she was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1984 and was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1997. She practised as a public defender between 1986 and 1989 before returning to the private Bar. Between 1994 and 1997 she was a counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service. Virginia Bell was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in March 1999. She served as president of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration 2006 to 2008.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

This event is hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law together with the Faculty of Law & Justice.