A.J. Brown: Michael Kirby

A remarkable man in the realm of mortals

Julian Burnside


Michael Kirby: Paradoxes, Principles
by A.J. Brown
Federation Press, $59.95 hb, 528 pp, 9781862876507


There are only seven High Court judges. Since Federation there have been just fifty-six of them (or fifty-five if we discount Justice Piddington, who never sat during his four weeks on the court). High Court judges are rare creatures, and as a rule they are publicly noticed far less than the importance of their work might suggest.

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Published in October 2011 no. 335
Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside is a barrister who specialises in commercial litigation. He is deeply interested in the arts. He collects contemporary paintings, photographs and sculpture, and regularly commissions chamber music. He is the author of Matilda and the Dragon (1991), Word Watching: Field Notes from an Amateur Philologist (2004), and Watching Brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice (2007).

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