Upcoming event: Text, Context and Purpose: Norrie, the High Court and Statutory Interpretation

On 31 May 2014, the High Court ruled that Norrie had the right to register with the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages under the category of “non-specific sex”. Born as a male in Scotland, the journey for Norrie began in 2010 when Norrie applied for a name change and to be registered as neither female nor male. The NSW Registrar initially agreed but revoked this decision. Norrie appealed to the NSW Court of Appeal, in which the panel found that existing law provided for additional gender categories. The Registrar applied to the High Court to have this decision overturned, which of course brings us to the High Court decision in May, where Norrie won the right to not be categorised as female, or male.

Presenting this thought-provoking talk is Patricia Lane, barrister from 13th Floor St James Hall in Sydney.

Pat who holds an interest in statutory interpretation, is the co-author of “Sale of Land in NSW: Cases and Materials” with Diane Skapinker. Pat holds a fractional appointment at Sydney University where she teaches Real Property, Personal Property, Conveyancing, Equity and Statutory Interpretation. She is appointed as an Arbitrator under the Mining Act 1992 and was formerly a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal from 1998 to 2000. Pat has also provided assistance on land and resource issues to the Sudanese peace negotiations in relation to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the negotiations on Darfur.

An audio recording of this session will be made available to ALLA members.

If you are not a financial member of ALLA you are still welcome to come to the CPD session, the cost is $10 to be paid on the day.

Details

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
Level 14, Australia Square, 264-278 George Street, Sydney
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (AEST)
RSVP at EventBrite

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