Public invited to discussions with coveted visiting Professor

6 May 2014

How much political power does a Judge hold and what weight does a prisoner's vote carry?

Members of the public are invited to join internationally renowned Professor of Law, John Finnis as he answers these questions and many more at two upcoming discussions hosted by the Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia in May.

Prisoners' Votes and Judges' Political Power
Moderated by Adam Brereton, Associate Editor, New Matilda
Thursday 15 May 6.00pm

The Nature of Testimony and the Truth of the Gospels
Moderated by Dr Scott Stephens, Editors ABC Religion and Ethics
Thursday 29 May 6.00pm

Professor Finnis is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Oxford, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Indiana and Honorary Doctorate at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

This will be the third time Professor Finnis has visited Notre Dame and held such public discussions, with this year's topics further testimony to the importance of addressing and discussing relevant, timely issues in the public domain.

"Professor Finnis' lectures provide an opportunity to open to public debate and discuss questions important to cultural and political life," Associate Professor Sandra Lynch, Director of the Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society says.

"The nature of scriptural testimony and its truth are matters central to the life of believers, but an understanding of the Christian perspective on these matters supports the conduct of civilised discourse between believers and non-believers alike."

"Equally, questions of prisoners' rights and the nature of judicial power are ones deserving of discussion within a community committed to the operation of a just society. We look forward to Professor Finnis opening stimulating conversation on these issues."

Both discussions will be held on the Notre Dame's Broadway site at 104 Broadway, Broadway 2007.

Professor Finnis will also be teaching an intensive unit on Human Rights and the Common Good during his visit which is also open to the public.

For more information or to register please contact Elle Glynn on 02 8204 4240 or at

Hannah Guilfoyle: Tel (02) 8204 4141;