The 2014 Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture
Theory, Evidence and Emotion
Held on Thursday 23 October, at the Qld College of Art.
The Honourable Justice Peter D Applegarth delivered the 2014 Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture: Theory, Evidence and Emotion.
Judges and lawyers demand evidence. But theories like general deterrence often lack an evidentiary basis in many settings. Evidence-based policy depends on independent bodies like universities and law reform commissions to assemble and analyse evidence. Public debate about controversial issues like sentencing and preventive detention should be informed by reliable evidence and analysis. Policy is also shaped by public emotions. How should an independent judiciary respond to these emotions?
Justice Applegarth graduated in Arts and Law with First Class Honours and was awarded the Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford in 1985. He practised at the Bar in a wide range of civil and public law litigation for 22 years, including 8 years as Senior Counsel. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2008 he was an Executive Member of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, and served terms on the Board of Legal Aid Queensland and as a Part Time Member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.
About The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture Series
The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2004 to honour the contribution that the late Professor Michael Whincop made to the development of legal scholarship. The lecture series aims to celebrate Michael's commitment to research excellence and innovation.
Professor Michael Whincop (1968-2003)
Professor Michael Whincop was a leading Australian and international scholar, particularly in the areas of economic analysis of law and company law. He joined the Griffith Law School in 1994 as a Lecturer and was promoted three times within only eight years, being promoted to Full Professor in 2002 at the age of 33.
Michael researched in a wide range of areas and published very extensively. He made substantial contributions to the development of the Griffith Law School, particularly in establishing its research reputation and in implementing its policies concerning excellence in teaching and learning.
Michael’s well-organised approach to teaching and his dry wit is fondly remembered by his former students.