Sermon: Opening of the Legal Year Address

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Preached by Professor Tim McCormack on Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Traditional Ecumenical Service that start to the Legal Year. This years guest, Professor Tim McCormack, will be speaking on “Renewing our Commitment to Justice.”

Professor Tim McCormack

Tim McCormack is a Professor of Law at the Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania Law School. He is also the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia. Tim has recently returned from a sabbatical year in the US where he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, the Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Stockton Centre for the Study of International Law at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School for the Winter Term (January 2016).

Tim was the Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law (1996-2010) at the Melbourne Law School, and also the Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (2001-2010) – a collaborative initiative (established 2001) between the Melbourne Law School and the Australian Defence Force Legal Service. He has held a number of significant international appointments as: an international observer for Phase 2 of the Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel’s processes for investigation of alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law (Jerusalem, 2011-2013); amicus curiae on international law matters to the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for the trial of Slobodan Miloševic (The Hague, 2002-2006); expert International Humanitarian Law adviser to Major Mori for the defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission (Guantanamo Bay, 2003-2007). Tim is also a member of the international advisory boards of a number of academic institutions in the US, Israel, Germany and Sweden.

Tim grew up in Burnie and attended Burnie State School, Parklands High School and Hellyer College. He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (LL.B. Hons. – 1982) and of Monash University (Ph.D. – 1990).