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Michael Kirby to receive honorary degree tomorrow

Former judge of the High Court Michael Kirby will receive an honorary degree from Victoria University at a ceremony at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne tomorrow.

Mr Kirby will receive a Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said Mr Kirby's honorary degree was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Australia and his longstanding championing and advocacy of human rights.

"In his distinguished career Mr Kirby has served as the inaugural chair of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Deputy President of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission and was a judge of the Federal Court before his appointment to the High Court in 1996," Professor Dawkins said.

"He also worked with many international bodies, including the OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Commission of Jurists, and was a commissioner of the World Health Organisation's Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

"Since his retirement he has continued to be active in international human rights and last year received the Gruber Prize for Justice in recognition of this work, especially in relation to discrimination based on sexual orientation and in the development of human rights law.

"Mr Kirby has also been a strong supporter of the Victoria Law School and wrote the foundation article for the law school's new journal Dictum earlier this month."

Event details:

Where: Committee room, Level C, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Interview opportunity: 2.20pm-2.30pm

Gowning and picture opportunity: 2.35pm-2.45pm

Mr Kirby's address: 3.50pm


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