Launch of the Australian Law Journal Landmark Edition on Security and Law in Australia
Speech delivered online by Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, President of the Law Council of Australia at the ALJ 2021 Special Issue Virtual Launch - National Security and the Law, 14 October 2021.
"I am honoured to have been invited to speak at the launch of this landmark issue of the Australian Law Journal dedicated to security and the law. This is an especially inspiring occasion for me for two important reasons:
- First, with us today, albeit virtually, is one of the greatest Australian jurists of our time, the Honourable Virginia Bell AC. Her Honour has been, and is, a doyen in the law, attaining the highest level of judicial appointment in this country as a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Bell’s achievements are numerous and exceptional.
- Second, we mark and celebrate the launch of this landmark edition of the Australian Law Journal, which is dedicated to the important question of security and the law as it applies in the Australian legal context. The calibre of the authorship, and scope and quality of the articles published are commensurate with the importance of the topic. In particular, I note, and with some poignancy, the article by The Hon Margaret Stone AO. Our profession and community suffered a great loss with Margaret’s recent passing. She was one of this nation’s foremost experts on security and the law. In particular, she was a leading light on ensuring our intelligence agencies are held to account, the issue of which she tackles in this final paper."
You can read the full speech below.
A recording of the event is available here.