2016 Symposium Speakers

David Weisbrot

Chair, Australian Press Council

Biography

David Weisbrot is Chair of the Australian Press Council, an Emeritus Professor of Law and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

David was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) from 1999-2009, leading 16 major inquiries, including the Protection of Human Genetic Information, Gene Patenting and Human Health, Privacy Law and Practice, Sedition Laws and Classified and Security Sensitive Information.  As NSW Law Reform Commissioner in 1993, he devised the system currently used to handle complaints against lawyers.

David was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 for ‘service to the law, in the areas of law reform, education and access to legal services, and through contributions to research, analysis and policy development on a range of matters of public interest’. In 2010, he received the NHMRC’s award for The Most Outstanding Contribution to Health and Medical Research, and in April he was awarded a Doctor of Laws (LLD honoris causa) by Macquarie University.