Nick Abrahams
Global Head of Technology & Innovation
Norton Rose Fulbright

Nick is the Global Head of Technology & Innovation for Norton Rose Fulbright. Nick created the world’s first AI-enabled legal chatbot. Separate to Norton Rose, he co-founded Australia’s leading online legal service, LawPath and is a director of: ASX300 software company, Integrated Research, global genomics leader, the Garvan Foundation, as well as the Vodafone Foundation and the Sydney Film Festival. He is the author of two Kindle best-selling books on technology. 

The Honourable Thomas Frederick Bathurst
17th Chief Justice of New South Wales

Thomas Frederick Bathurst was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales on 1 June 2011.

Graduating with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney in 1971, he went on to practise as a solicitor in 1972. He was admitted as a barrister in 1977, specialising in corporate law and litigation and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. His considerable experience in corporate law saw his appointment as a member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel (2006-2011).

Prior to his appointment to the bench, the Chief Justice served as President of both the Australian Bar Association (2008-2010) and the New South Wales Bar Association (2009-2011), the Executive Committee of which he was a member from 2002.

The Chief Justice was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.

Judge Peter Callinicos
Judges’ Chambers
District Court New Zealand

Judge Peter Callinicos was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of New Zealand in 2002, with a warrant to sit in the Family Court and a designation as a Youth Court Judge.

In his 17 years on the Bench he has presided in adult non-jury criminal courts, Family and Youth Courts throughout New Zealand.  He has a particular interest in case flow process systems.

He has been involved in a number of process and technology related initiatives and regularly develops tools and systems to make the daily judicial tasks easier, working to the goal of not re-inventing the wheel.

He is a member of the New Zealand Courts Judicial Reference Group, which comprises representatives from most of the country’s Courts.  The JRG is the hub point for oversight of technology initiatives proposed by the Ministry of Justice.  He is also a member of the District Court’s new Wellness Committee, a body tasked with a wide range of well-being focussed projects, many of which connect with issues of technology.

In 2017 the Chief District Court Judge appointed him as her nominee to the Australian and New Zealand District and County Courts Technology Committee.  He has enjoyed the regular interaction with the Australian members of that committee, drawing much knowledge from the different and varied technology issues in each state.

Outside of work life he has a passion for cooking, music (listening not playing), wine, photography and cars (petrol not electric)

His Honour Judge Michael Gething
District Court of Western Australia

Judge Gething was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia in February 2016.   In addition to presiding over the full range of civil and criminal trials in the court, Judge Gething has a particular interest in court technology, and chairs the court’s Technology Committee.  For the two years prior to his appointment, Judge Gething was the Principal Registrar of the WA Supreme Court.    In that capacity, he presided over mediations in commercial litigation and estate disputes, as well as undertaking case management work in the civil jurisdiction.

Between 2004 and 2013, Judge Gething was the Principal Registrar of the District Court.   In that role he was responsible for overseeing the pre-trial case management of all civil actions commenced in the court, as well as the court’s ADR program.

Judge Gething commenced his legal career with Freehill, Hollingdale and Page, as they were then known, before joining the Australian Securities Commission in 1994.  He held a number of positions within the ASC and its successor, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, culminating in four years as its Regional Commissioner in Western Australia.

Judge Gething is also the General Editor of LexisNexis Civil Procedure Western Australia.

Out of work, Judge Gething enjoys hiking and going on cruises with his family.

Philippe Doyle Gray
8 Wentworth Chambers

Philippe is a barrister at 8 Wentworth Chambers in Sydney. With nearly 20 years’ experience at the Bar, he maintains a diverse civil law practice, ranging from commercial and equity matters, to professional negligence, professional disciplinary matters and disputes between legal professionals and their clients regarding legal costs and disbursements. Philippe is also often briefed to advise and appear in civil litigation in which allegations of criminality, fraud, or other serious misconduct are made.

Possessing an avid interest in the law and its interaction with technology, Philippe is a forward-thinking and progressive barrister who, through technological innovation, seeks to enhance the cost-effectiveness and delivery of justice to make litigation affordable for all. He has published a book about the ethical use of technology in legal practice and has achieved professional certification in Legal Project Management both domestically and in the USA (the first barrister so certified). His recognition is evidenced by his appointment as the first lawyer practising outside North America to the Council of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division.

Philippe runs a paperless practice and has educated judges, barristers, and solicitors about the benefits of embracing technology to contribute to the just, quick, and cheap resolution of disputes. His international reach has seen Philippe regularly deliver presentations on developments in the law and topical issues in Australia and abroad, including being the first and only Australian invited by the American Bar Association to lecture at its annual legal technology conference in Chicago, TECHSHOW.

The Honourable Chris Kourakis
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

  • Admitted to practice 1982.
  • Articled at Johnston Withers McCusker.
  • Worked at the Legal Services Commission for several years then at a suburban practice before going to the Bar in 1989.
  • Legal Services Commissioner 1993-1997.
  • Took silk in 1997.
  • President of the Law Society 2001.
  • Appointed as Solicitor-General for the State of South Australia on 3 February 2003.
  • Appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of South Australia 21 August 2008.
  • Appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia on 25 June 2012.
  • National Patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association since 2014.
  • Conferred Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Flinders University April 2015.

Dr Monique Mann
Senior Lecturer in Criminology and member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Deakin University

Dr Monique Mann is the Senior Lecturer in Criminology and member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Deakin University. She is an Adjunct Researcher with the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Centre at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Dr Mann is advancing a program of socio-legal research on the intersecting topics of algorithmic justice, police technology, surveillance, and transnational online policing. She is on the Board of Directors of the Australian Privacy Foundation where she Chairs the Surveillance Committee.

Judge Samantha Marks
Judge, Commercial Division
County Court of Victoria

Judge Samantha Marks is one of the judges in the Commercial Division of the County Court of Victoria. She was a barrister at the Victorian bar for 27 years, with a predominantly commercial practice. She took silk in 2010, and was appointed in 2016. She has a particular interest in technology and how it can be used in the court system.

Judge Julie McIntyre
District Court of South Australia

Judge McIntyre graduated from Adelaide University in 1983 with an honours degree in Law.  She practiced as a barrister and solicitor in private practice.  She was the local managing partner of Sparke Helmore Lawyers in Adelaide when she was appointed to the District Court of South Australia in 2007.

His Honour Judge Dean Morzone QC
District Court of Queensland

Judge Dean Morzone QC practiced as a barrister and was a member of Trinity Chambers in Cairns.   He gained valuable experience whilst a 5 year articled clerk and solicitor with a medium size firm in Brisbane, before serving as associate to Williams J in the trial division of the Supreme Court.

His Honour was called to the Bar in 1993 having attained his LLB (Hons) and completed his LLM with majors in commercial leasing, advance planning, restitution, advanced securities, tribunals and inquiries, advanced litigation and dispute resolution and mediation.

He has served as a sessional member with the CCT (now QCAT).   His diverse commercial practice had a heavy emphasis on planning & environmental, and building & construction litigation for both sides, and as a mediator.

His Honour was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012, then Queen’s Counsel by Letters Patent in 2013.

On 26 October 2014 he was appointed Judge of the District Court of Queensland, with commissions in the Planning and Environment Court and Children’s Court.

Mr Michael Phelan APM
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Mr Phelan was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) on 13 November 2017.

As CEO of the ACIC, Mr Phelan is responsible for ensuring delivery of national
policing information systems and services to Australian police and law enforcement partners.

He is also responsible for management and administration of the ACIC’s intelligence operations and specialist capabilities.

As Director of the AIC, Mr Phelan is responsible for leading Australia’s national
research and knowledge centre on crime and justice.

In 2008, Mr Phelan was awarded the Australian Police Medal.

He holds a Degree in Commerce, an Honours Degree in Law and a Masters in
Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.

The Honourable Justice Derek Price AM
Chief Judge of the District Court of NSW

Justice Price admitted as a solicitor in 1972 and became a partner with Peacocke, Dickens and King in 1974. In 1988, his Honour was appointed a magistrate of the Local Court of NSW. He was appointed an acting judge of the District Court of NSW in 1999 and this appointment became permanent in February 2000. In August 2002, his Honour was appointed Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW during which time he served as a member of the Judicial Commission of NSW. In August 2006, his Honour was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW. His Honour was appointed the Chief Judge of the District Court and President of the Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW on 8 August 2014 and remains a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW. His Honour sits regularly in the Court of Criminal Appeal. His Honour became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. His Honour has also been a member of the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia (1997-2000). His Honour is a member of the Judicial Commission of NSW.

Dr Philippa Ryan
Senior Lecturer, Director of the ANU LLM program
Australian National University College of Law

Dr Philippa (Pip) Ryan is a barrister and a senior lecturer in the College of Law at the Australian National University in Canberra. Pip is a non-executive director on the board of Australian law firm, Lander & Rogers and she is on the editorial board of Stanford’s Journal of Blockchain Law and Policy. Pip is Chair of the Standards Australia blockchain technical committee’s working group for smart contracts. Her current research explores the automation of trust, the accountability of algorithms, and the creeping tendency of regulators in developed economies to blame professionals, service providers and financial institutions for the sins of their customers and nefarious strangers. Pip is the author of Trust and Distrust in Digital Economies (Routledge 2019) and she co-authored Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World (Routledge 2019) with Dr Mark Van Rijmenam.

Mr Edward Santow
Human Rights Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission

Edward Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016.

Ed leads the Commission’s work on detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; technology and human rights; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion.

Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, public law and discrimination law. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees.

In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

From 2010-2016, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.

Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a solicitor in private practice.

Mr Murali Sagi PSM
Deputy Chief Executive
Judicial Commission of NSW, Sydney, Australia

Mr Murali Sagi is an electronics and communications engineer, computer specialist, management professional and a lawyer. He has over 30 years of experience in managing policy challenges and complex world leading programs in both the government and private sectors.

Mr Sagi deputises for the Chief Executive in his absence as well as assists the Commission  with the examination of complaints against judicial officers.

He works in close partnership with the Chief Executive, providing leadership and ensuring that internal governance, planning, policies and systems enhance the Commission’s capability and capacity. He contributes to the development and implementation of strategic decisions and provides guidance as a senior member of the Executive, to achieve the Commission’s objectives and service outcomes.

Mr Sagi has over last two decades provided high level technical assistance to many agencies including United Nations, Asia Development Bank, the British Commonwealth Secretariat and AusAID, to improve organisational capacity in Indonesia, West Bank and Gaza, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

Mr Sagi was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours. The citation for the award reads:

” … Mr Sagi has had a huge impact, not only in relation to the work of the Judicial Commission and its judicial officers but also in relation to the legal system in New South Wales and other Australian jurisdictions generally. As a direct result of his contribution, the consistency of approach to sentencing has been promoted to all NSW judicial officers….He is recognised both nationally and internationally for his high level expertise, innovative ideas and diligence.”

He was also recognised as the “Chief Information Officer – Government” of the year at the National IT&T awards, 2003.

In November 2007,  Mr Sagi was made a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and is the present Chair of ACS NSW Fellows Committee.

Professor Tania Sourdin PhD, LLM, BA, LLB
Dean of The University of Newcastle Law School

Professor Tania Sourdin is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School and was previously the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University in Australia.

In the past two decades, she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects into aspects of the dispute resolution and justice system systems in 12 Courts and Tribunals and six external dispute resolution schemes within Australia. Other research has focussed on justice innovation, technology, delay and systemic reforms. In 2003 and 2005 she was the Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council projects that explored the use of artificial intelligence in the legal domain. Since that time she has had a number of projects that have explored the use of AI in the justice system. Recently, Professor Sourdin has focussed on Judges and AI and has published papers such as “Judge v Robot” (2018), chapters that include “Must a Judge be Human?”(2018) and books – “The Responsive Judge” (Springer, 2018), “The Multi Tasking Judge” (Thomson Reuters, 2012). She is currently working on her book “The Artificial Judge” (2020, Edward Elgar). She is also currently reviewing justice apps as well as undertaking research relating to the client experience of tech enabled justice options.

Professor Sourdin is the author of a number of more than 110 books, articles and papers, that are focussed on justice reform issues and has published and presented widely on a range of topics including ADR, justice innovation, justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change. Professor Sourdin has led national research projects and produced important recommendations for ADR and justice reform within Australia and internationally. She has also retained a part time practice focus and has worked for more than 30 years as a lawyer, 25 years in various senior part time tribunal positions and as a mediator and has since 2014 been the NBN industry dispute resolution advisor within Australia.