y Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles single work   biography  
Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
AustLit is a subscription service. The content and services available here are limited because you have not been recognised as a subscriber. Find out how to gain full access to AustLit

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The remarkable story of the life and work of Australia's most famous modern judge.

'This biography charts Michael Kirby's extraordinary public life from his first forays as a student politician in the early 1960s, to his appointments as foundation chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission in 1975, President of the NSW Court of Appeal in 1984, and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009).

'Internationally, Kirby has been a leader in law reform and human rights with the OECD, UNESCO, UN Human Rights Commission and the WHO Global Program on AIDS. He is a former world president of the International Commission of Jurists, and in 1993-1996 was the first Australian to serve as a Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights.

'A J Brown reveals Kirby's difficult and often challenging personal path as judge, public intellectual and gay man. He shows the sharp contrast between Kirby's 30-year love affair with controversial public issues and the reality of a man whose underlying message is deeply traditionalist - that people should have faith in the status quo of political institutions, even the monarchy.

'He shows also how Kirby's most constant companion - publicity - has been a double-edged sword. Behind his active courtship of an unprecedented judicial profile lay a passion for principles and the social relevance of the law, but it drove him into fierce conflict with the many judges and politicians who questioned whether such celebrity was compatible with judicial life.

'The slow coming together of his personal, professional and public lives culminates in sharp moments of truth - for Kirby, for powerful institutions, and for a society learning to cope with the challenges of change.

'The research has included:
  • Exclusive access to over 117 metres of personal and official papers, dating back to the 1940s
  • Interviews with more than 30 of Michael Kirby's closest relatives and colleagues
  • Independent research into how falsified records came to be used in Parliament in a direct attack on a High Court judge,
and
  • Unprecedented access to the working materials of a High Court judge, including draft judgments and papers normally shredded within judicial chambers.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Book launched by the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull on 5 April 2011.
  • Dedication: For Wal, who would have approved

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Annandale, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Federation Press , 2011 .
      Extent: 528p., [32]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus. (some col.), facsims., ports.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references and index.
      • Publication date: 5 April 2011.
      ISBN: 9781862876507 (hbk.)

Works about this Work

Busy Week for Library Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 6 May 2012; (p. 19)
Untitled Sarah Burnside , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics & History , March vol. 58 no. 1 2012; (p. 145-147)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography ; A Private Life : Fragments, Memories, Friends Michael Kirby 2011 selected work autobiography
Fancy a Tickle, Your Honour? Matt Buchanan , Louise Schwartzkoff , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 April 2011; (p. 22)
Kirby a Dissenter with Heart of a Lion : Turnbull 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 April 2011; (p. 4)
The Water Beetle inside Michael Kirby Jack Waterford , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 April 2011; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Kirby's Bitter-Sweet Symphony Michael Shmith , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 April 2011; (p. 24)
When Law and Politics Meet Michael Sexton , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-24 April 2011; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Judge's Colourful Life Laid Bare Ross Fitzgerald , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7- 8 May 2011; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Non-Fiction Reviews Terry Oberg , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 - 22 May 2011; (p. 25)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Serving Justice Phil Brown , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 1 - 7 June no. 835 2011; (p. 31)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
A LIfe Beyond the Court of Public Opinion Jeffrey Goldsworthy , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 11 June 2011; (p. 33)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
The Living Subject A. J. Brown , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Spring no. 33 2011; (p. 109-117)
'A Bit of a Swell' Julian Burnside , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 335 2011; (p. 63-64)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
The Water Beetle inside Michael Kirby Jack Waterford , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 April 2011; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
When Law and Politics Meet Michael Sexton , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-24 April 2011; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Judge's Colourful Life Laid Bare Ross Fitzgerald , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7- 8 May 2011; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Non-Fiction Reviews Terry Oberg , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 - 22 May 2011; (p. 25)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Serving Justice Phil Brown , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 1 - 7 June no. 835 2011; (p. 31)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
A LIfe Beyond the Court of Public Opinion Jeffrey Goldsworthy , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 11 June 2011; (p. 33)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
'A Bit of a Swell' Julian Burnside , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 335 2011; (p. 63-64)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography
Untitled Sarah Burnside , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics & History , March vol. 58 no. 1 2012; (p. 145-147)

— Review of Michael Kirby : Paradoxes and Principles A. J. Brown 2011 single work biography ; A Private Life : Fragments, Memories, Friends Michael Kirby 2011 selected work autobiography
Fancy a Tickle, Your Honour? Matt Buchanan , Louise Schwartzkoff , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 April 2011; (p. 22)
Kirby a Dissenter with Heart of a Lion : Turnbull 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 April 2011; (p. 4)
Kirby's Bitter-Sweet Symphony Michael Shmith , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 April 2011; (p. 24)
The Living Subject A. J. Brown , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Spring no. 33 2011; (p. 109-117)
Busy Week for Library Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 6 May 2012; (p. 19)
Last amended 26 May 2012 14:29:23
Newspapers:
    Powered by Trove
    X