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Mayo Lectures

The Mayo Lecture is an annual event run by the College of Business, Law and Governance in conjunction with the James Cook University Law Students Society (JCULSS) in honour of Mrs Marylyn Mayo, JCU's foundation law staff member. The JCULSS instituted the Mayo Lecture in 1991 as a tribute to Marylyn's work in maintaining a law presence at JCU and, ultimately, in establishing the full law degree here.

Mayo Lecture audience.

Recent Mayo Lectures have been delivered by:

  • Dr  Bryan Keon-Cohen, on the topic 'From Slavery to Sovereignty? Mabo, Native Title and the Uluru Statement from the Heart';
  • Justice Lincoln Crowley - Queensland's inaugural First Nations Justice of the Supreme Court.
  • The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby, on the topic 'Nuclear Proliferation and the Singapore Summit: A Challenge to International Law';
  • Mr Anthony Morris QC, on the topic 'Human rights under siege on all sides: The combined onslaught of Terrorism, Political Correctness and the Dictatorship of Bureaucracy';
  • Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, on the topic 'The Common Law and the Protection of Rights, Freedoms and Privileges: Insights from the ALRC Freedoms Inquiry'.

2022 Mayo Lecture

With The Honourable Justice Lincoln Crowley, KC
‘There and Back Again: A Personal Reflection’
Friday 14 October, 6:30pm

2023 Mayo Lecture

With Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen
'From Slavery to Sovereignty? Mabo, Native Title and the Uluru Statement from the Heart'.
Wednesday 4 October, 6:00pm




JCU Law Review


Mr Dean Wells (Attorney General QLD)


No JCULR Edition


Mr David Solomon


No JCULR Edition


Dr Jocelynne Scutt


No JCULR Edition


Justice Fitzgerald

International Human Rights and the High Court of Australia



Justice Barry


Not published


Sir Anthony Mason

The Judge as Law Maker



Father Frank Brennan


Not published


Hon P De Jersey (Qld)


Not published


Hon Justice S Jones


Not published


Hon Justice Micheal Kirby

Law, Like the Olympics, is now International - But will Australia Win Gold?



Mr Tom Sherman AO

Terrorism - A Disease in Search of a Cure



Hon Justice K Cullinane QC

Years On



Judge P Shanahan AO


Not published


Hon Justice JA Dowsett QC

Law and the Profession - Expectations and Reality



No lecture held

No lecture held



Hon John Von Doussa QC

Reconciling Human Rights and Counterterrorism: A Crucial Challenge



Justice Marcia Neave AO

Making Law Reform Work - The Promise and Limits of Law Reform



Prof Caroline de Costa

Abortion Law, Abortion Realities



Senator Bob Brown


Not published


Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC

R v KU; Ex parte A-G(Qld) and Warwick Thornton's award winning, internationally acclaimed film, 'Samson and Delilah: life imitating art? Why we must and how we might do better.



Hon Robert McClelland MP

Climate Change



Glenn Ferguson - Managing Director - Feguson Cannon Lawyers

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Are we Ready as a Nation?



Hon Justice Susan Kiefel (now CJ HCA)

Social Justice and the Constitution - Freedoms and Protections



Rob Hulls - Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT

Are We Tough Enough to be Smart on Crime?



Mr Dan Mori


No JCULR Edition


Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

The Common Law and Protection of Rights, Freedom and Privileges

No JCULR Edition


Mr Anthony Morris QC

The Combined Onslaught of Terrorism, Political Correctness, and the Dictatorship of Bureaucracy

Not published


Hon Justice Micheal Kirby

Remembrance of Times Past: Times Missed and Times Not Missed



No lecture held

No lecture held



No lecture held

No lecture held



Major General the Honourable Justice Paul Brereton, AM, RFD

International Law of Armed Conflict: The Australian Application


JCU Legal Studies Conference

Each year the JCU College of Business, Law and Governance invites Legal Studies Teachers and Students in Year 11 and 12 from all schools in the Far North Queensland region to attend the 2023 Legal Studies Conference. Each annual conference is centered around a theme and topics are delivered through expert speakers, and interactive sessions.

JCU Legal Studies Conference crowd image.

For more information about the JCU Legal Studies Conference email:

2022 JCU Legal Studies Conference

With Keynotes from Commissioner C’Zarke Maza and Mr Terry Stedman
In 2022, JCU welcomed collectively over 500 year 11 & 12 students on Campus at Cairns and Townsville for the annual Legal Studies Conference. This year's conference theme was centered around the 30th Anniversary of the historic Mabo Decision, and students gained insights from our fantastic guest speakers into Native
Cairns, Friday 12 August 2022 - Townsville, Friday 19 August 2022

2023 JCU Legal Studies Conference

With Keynotes from Mr Simon Bright and Dr Sana Nakata
In 2023, JCU welcomed collectively over 500 year 11 & 12 students on Campus at Cairns and Townsville for the annual Legal Studies Conference. This year's conference theme was focused around the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum, in addition to covering a range of topics that were highly relevant to
Cairns, Thursday 17 August 2023 - Townsville, Thursday 24 August 2023

Law Seminar Series

The JCU Law Seminar Series invites Legal Practitioners to present on a range of legal topics, with many showcasing some of the important and interesting work being carried out in the North Queensland region.

Social Justice as a Superpower

With Julie Mason , North Queensland Women's Legal Service
Discover social justice principles and real-life experiences from Julie Mason, a JCU Alumni and Solicitor at Nth Qld Women’s Legal Service.
Monday 5 February 2024, 10.00am - 11.00am

Dying with Dignity

With Dr Lea Merone , Cairns & Hinterland Hospital
Discover the profound implications of QLD's new Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation in this engaging presentation by Dr. Lea Merone.
Friday 23 February 2024, 10.00am - 11.00am

The McBride Whistle-blower Trial

With Major David McBride , Lawyer, Writer & Public Speaker
Whistle-blower David McBride shares his firsthand account of the legal aspects of his ongoing trial.
Thursday 29 February 2024, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Insights Into Multicultural Mediation

With Amiel Nubaha , Comprehensive Mediation Services
Principal Mediator Amiel Nubaha, shares insights and strategies into mediation across diverse cultural backgrounds.
Thursday 21 March 2024, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Hope After Hurt: A Legal Journey

With Matthew Wicks , Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Matthew Wicks, Associate at Maurice Blackburn shares what it takes to secure treatment and compensation for those facing personal injury.
Monday 25 March 2024, 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Actors vs AI: Exploring Copyright Law

With Karnika Bansal , James Cook University
JCU Law Lecturer Karnika Bansal discusses the ever-growing complexities of Generative AI and Copyright Law in the entertainment industry.
Friday 5 April 2024, 11.00am - 12.00pm

A Legal Lens on Diversity

With Tilé Imo & Olamide Kowalik , Tilé & Olly Meets Podcast
Tilé Imo & Olamide Kowalik (Olly) share their Legal Lens on Diversity, based from their popular legal podcast, “Tilé and Olly Meets".
Monday 27 May 2024, 10.00am – 11.00am

Family Law in Focus

With Toni Bell & Jade Coshaw , Legal Aid Queensland
Legal Aid Queensland’s Toni Bell & Jade Coshaw will offer an overview of the Family Law System, including the role and importance of Independent Children's Lawyers and an exploration of the role of Legal Aid Queensland providing Family Law services in remote and regional areas.
Thursday 6 June 2024, 10.00am - 11.00am

Advocating Change for Rwanda

With Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza , Development and Liberation for All (DALFA)
Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Rwandan political prisoner and activist to discusses judicial and political reform in Rwanda.
Thursday 13th June, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Keeping the Peace

With Mathai Joshi , Connolly Suthers Lawyers
Mathai Joshi, Associate at Connelly Suthers Lawyers will discuss a broad summary of the Criminal Law in Queensland with a particular focus on the specialist DV Court.
Friday 21 June, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Mayday! Mayday!

With Dr Michael Underdown , Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Join Dr. Michael Underdown, Senior Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute (JCU), for an engaging presentation on Maritime and Port Law.
Tuesday 9 July, 10.00am - 11.00am

Pioneering Prison Abolition

With Debbie Kilroy OAM , Sisters Inside and Kilroy & Callaghan Lawyers
Debbie Kilroy OAM shares her turbulent journey with the prison system and her trailblazing work to abolish it.
Tuesday 16 July, 11.00am - 12.00pm

Examining Medical Negligence

With Laura Neil , Endeavour Chambers
Join Barrister Laura Neil, for an insightful presentation on the legal options available when pursuing a medical negligence claim.
Thursday 25 July, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Law & Mental Health: Remote Insights

With Diane Godfrey , Lawyer & JCU Alumni
Lawyer & JCU Alumni Diane Godfrey shares her firsthand experience of practicing in Remote communities and how to manage your mental health.
Thursday 1 August 2024, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Reimagining Justice

With Michael Murray , Townsville Community Legal
Michael Murray presents on high-profile coronial inquests in Queensland, exploring human rights and coronial jurisdiction reform.
Thursday 3 August 2023, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Insights Into Commercial Practice

With Lucas Hickey , Creevey Horrell Lawyers
Lucas Hickey, Senior Associate at CreeveyHorrell Lawyers shares insights into the practical and legal considerations of commercial practice.
Tuesday 15 August 2023, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Get Your Governance On

With Rebekha Sharkie, MP , Federal Member for Mayo
Rebekha Sharkie MP, long standing representative of Mayo, South Australia shares her passion and experiences for effective governance.
Monday 21st August 2023, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Restorative Justice as a Secret Weapon

With Filitsa Kounias , James Cook University
Filitsa Kounias, JCU Law Lecturer delves into Restorative Justice principles and practices within the captivating realm of Youth Justice.
Monday 28 August 2023, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Queensland's Historic Milestone

With Commissioner C'Zarke Maza , Office of the Commissioner Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa
Commissioner C’Zarke Maza presents on the ground-breaking cultural recognition of Torres Strait Islander traditional child rearing practice.
Tuesday 5 September 2023, 10.00am-11.00am

Animal Law and the United Nations

With Paul Tweddell , Global Animal Law GAL Association
Paul Tweddell from Global Animal Law (GAL) discusses the growing area of Animal Law and the need for a UN convention on Animal Protection.
Tuesday 12 September 2023, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Unlock Your Advocacy

With Dan Rogers , Robertson O'Gorman
Dan Rogers, Principal of Robertson O'Gorman Solicitors explores the value of effective advocacy for your clients and your community.
Monday 18 September, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Mabo, Native Title & The Voice

With Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen , Barrister (Retired), Writer & Activist
Renowned retired barrister, writer, and activist Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen shares with us his captivating journey & insights on Mabo, Native Title and the Voice.
Tuesday 17 October 2023, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Justice for Robodebt

With Justin Greggery KC , 31 Sturt Chambers
Justin Greggery KC, shares his journey and experiences as the head lawyer leading the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme.
Thursday 26 October 2023, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

The Other Side of Crime

With Helen Armitage , Legal Aid Qld
Legal Aid Qld’s Senior Principal Lawyer, Helen Armitage, discusses the prevalent legal issues surrounding youth crime and domestic violence, as well as sharing her personal journey as a criminal lawyer.
Tuesday 28 February 2023, 5pm - 6pm

From JCU to the United Nations

With Bill Mitchell , Townsville Community Legal
Dr Mitchell discusses his journey from law student, and one of JCU's first law graduates, to human rights advocacy work in the United Nations.
Tuesday 7 March 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Battle of the Brands

With Donna Patane , Dripl Legal
IP Law expert Donna Patane will share with us her journey, what IP law involves and some examples of cases she has had, specifically trademark disputes, where often she is acting for David's against Goliaths.
Tuesday 14 March 2023, 12pm - 1pm

The Planning & Environment Court

With Dan Morton , wilson/ryan/grose
Dan Morton, Partner at wilson/ryan/grose shares with us his professional journey and helps us understand and explore matters that arise in the Planning and Environment Court.
Monday 20 March 2023, 12pm – 1pm

The Ups & Downs of a Criminal Lawyer

With Simon Bright , ATSILS
Simon Bright, currently Regional Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in Cairns shares his experiences working as a Criminal lawyer in Government, Private Practice and Not for Profit.
Thursday 30 March 2023, 3pm-4pm

A Game of Torts – Winter is Coming

With Sarah Singh , Slater & Gordon
Sarah Singh, Senior Associate at Slater and Gordon talks about the ever-changing world of Tort Law, discusses her own experiences from law student to what it’s like to work for a National firm.
Tuesday 4 April 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Beware of What You ‘Share’

With Dr Louise Floyd , JCU
Dr Louise Floyd helps us navigate the new developments in Employment Law and discusses the legal do’s and don'ts of entering the workforce including afterhours conduct and social media. She also touches on AI & work, changes to the law on enterprise bargaining, bullying, harassment and discrimination.
Thursday 27 April 2023, 2pm – 3pm

Law As a Service

With Mark Fenlon , Qld Police Service
Mark Fenlon Senior Prosecutor for the Queensland Police Service shares with us through his own personal experiences how engaging in different service opportunities will help you build your legal career.
Tuesday 2 May 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Privacy & Data Law

With Andrew Hynd , Holding Redlich
Andrew Hynd, Partner at Holding Redlich shares his professional journey in the private sector as well as insights and experience with Privacy & Data Law.
Tuesday 9 May 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Fear and Failure

With Merissa Martinez , Paloma Chambers
Barrister and JCU Alumni, Merissa Martinez talks about the importance of stepping out of comfort zones into growth, what we can learn from our own failures and the "failure" of cases, doctrines and movements, as society and law progresses and changes.
Tuesday 16 May 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

NQ Schools Constitutional Convention for ATSI Students

The annual Queensland Schools Constitutional Conventions are for secondary students of humanities, social sciences and legal studies from the state, catholic and independent schooling sectors.

Queensland Schools Constitutional Conventions:

  • Educate senior secondary students about the Australian Constitution and how it guides democracy
  • Include opportunities for students to listen to speakers presenting perspectives on a constitutional issue and to participate in debates and plebiscites
  • Provide the basis for the election of Queensland's delegate team to attend the National Schools Constitutional Conventions (NSCC) held in Canberra each year.

JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance supports the annual North Queensland Schools Constitutional Convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, which is run in partnership with the Queensland Government's Department of Education and Training. The topics debated have included How to include Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution?; Raising Awareness of Constitutional Reform and Should the Australian House of Representatives have one allocated Indigenous seat from each State and Territory?

The College of Business, Law and Governance hosts a networking function for Townsville and Cairns Industry and JCU Business and Commerce Students. This event is an opportunity for our business and law students to hear from, and network with, professionals working in those areas and JCU alumni, in order to build connections within their chosen industries.