Aims of the Seminar Series:
Current Legal Issues is a high–profile series of seminars on contemporary legal issues which was launched in 2009. The series is a collaboration between The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law, the Bar Association of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library. It seeks to bring together leading scholars, practitioners and members of the Judiciary in Queensland and from abroad, with a view to:
  • providing a forum for the critical analysis and discussion of current legal issues;
  • bringing to bear upon those issues the different perspectives offered by leading academics, legal professionals and the Judiciary;
  • forging stronger links between academic and practising lawyers in Queensland.

Each seminar will comprise a Chair, Speaker, and Commentator. The Chair will introduce the Speaker and Commentator. A paper will then be presented by a leading practitioner or academic lawyer, and will be subject to a brief, expert commentary. There will then be an opportunity for members of the floor to ask questions and engage in further discussion. The paper and a short profile of each participant will be available in advance on this website to assist in facilitating full discussion.


Registration for these seminars is essential. Please email to register.


Attendance is on a RSVP basis and restricted to numbers appropriate to a seminar style format. Registration for seminars should be in writing to Ms Megan Niebling, Legal Education, Bar Association of Queensland, Ground Floor, Inns of Court, 107 North Quay, Brisbane QLD 4000; or email:

Time and Venue:

All seminars will take place between 5.00pm and 6.30pm in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Complex, 415 George Street, Brisbane. Seminars will be followed by refreshments in the foyer.


The series has been accredited for CPD purposes by the Queensland Bar Association and the Queensland Law Society. Reciprocal recognition arrangement normally exists as between the Bar Associations of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Participants will accrue 1.5 CPD points per seminar in the unallocated strand unless otherwise advised.


Papers will be available in advance on this website, linked from the 2014 program page. A hard copy will not be provided at the seminar itself, so you are encouraged to print and bring your own.


BAQ regional members can access the Seminar Series by pre-arranged teleconference.




CLI Seminar Series

Registration for these seminars is essential. Please email to register

(from the left) Dr Steven Elliot, The Hon Justice James Edelman (Supreme Court of Western Australia), Dr Ben Kremer and the Hon Justice Fraser (Supreme Court of Queensland). Participants in the first CLI seminar of the 2013 series.

The Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC spoke in the first of the 2014 Seminars, alongside Professor Stefan Vogenauer, Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford.

Professor Sarah Worthington, of Cambridge University, spoke in the 2015 series on the topic of ‘Agents Behaving badly’.