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Mcpherson Lecture Series Volume 3: On Statutory Interpretation And Human Rights
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Mcpherson Lecture Series Volume 3: On Statutory Interpretation And Human Rights

Author: The Honourable James Jacob Spigelman Ac



This is the third volume in the annual McPherson Lecture Series inaugurated by the University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law.

Inspired by the famous Hamlyn Lecture Series in England, the McPherson Lecture Series hosts a celebrated international scholar or legal expert to deliver a series of three lectures. In this volume, The Honourable James Jacob Spigelman considers the theme of statutory interpretation and human rights.

The first of these topical and considered essays, ‘The Common Law Bill of Rights’, concentrates on the group of principles of the law of statutory interpretation which constitute, in substance, a common law bill of rights, and considers the protection of human rights this encompasses.

The second essay, entitled ‘The Application of Quasi-constitutional Laws’, considers the developing jurisprudence of the application of the special interpretive provision in human rights legislation, as well as considering how the principles of statutory interpretation are applied to legislation of this character.

The final essay, entitled ‘Legitimate and Spurious Interpretation’, considers the difficulties posed by the need to balance conflicting human rights and the limits of interpretation, distinguishing genuine from spurious interpretation.

These thought-provoking and timely essays tackle an important and controversial area of law, exploring the real repercussions for the reputation of the law, the role of judges and the independence of the court system in Australia.