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The Conference

2018 ABA & NSWBA NATIONAL Conference
15-17 November 2018

The preeminent legal conference of 2018 – rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The conference boasts an impressive speaker line-up that will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession with a focus on national and international legal issues.

rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected, three concepts chosen as key to the legal profession dealing with disruption and change within contemporary society.

RELEVANT – the role of the profession in a changing legal, political, social environment and its commitment to law reform and professionalism.
RESILIENT – the ability of the profession to adapt to change and disruption.
RESPECTED – to maintain relevance and foster resilience while ensuring the continued respect for the profession and the judiciary that is essential for the rule of law, which maintains a tolerant, cohesive and inclusive society.

Keynote Speakers

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David Marr

David Marr


Chris Ronalds SC

Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull


The Hon Justice Bernard Murphy

Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice Julie Ward

The Hon Justice Julie Ward

Chief Judge in Equity, Supreme Court of NSW

The Hon Justice John Middleton

The Hon Justice John Middleton

Federal Court of Australia

The Location

Held at the world class International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), located in the Darling Harbour. Social highlights of the conference include:

  • Harbourside welcome drinks at the chic heritage hotel Pier One Sydney Harbour on the evening of 15 November
  • Networking breakfast celebrating women in the law at Planar Restaurant on the morning of 16 November
  • Formal dinner at the Cutaway, Barangaroo, Sydney’s most unique event venue, on 16 November 2018



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Why should you attend?

This is a conference you cannot afford to miss. The conference consists of thought provoking plenary sessions and specialised streams in commercial law, taxation law, criminal law and future practice.

Each session will reflect the theme of the conference and create conversations on topics of importance to law and justice. Entertaining networking and exceptional social events will ensure your valuable time at the conference will be engaging, worthwhile and informative.

The conference provides a platform to learn, network and grow. The ABA and NSWBA warmly welcome barristers, judges, solicitors, members of in-house counsel, politicians, scholars, members of the media and the public to the rise2018 National Conference.  Attending this conference places you at the forefront of legal leadership and thought in Australia and internationally.

The Hosts


The Australian Bar Association (ABA) is the peak body representing the interests of approximately 6,000 barristers nationally and is proud to promote the Bar’s exceptional specialist advocacy and advisory services, and the importance of fair access to justice for all.


The New South Wales Bar Association (NSWBA) is the largest independent Bar Association in Australia with a long history of driving law reform, public debate and maintenance of the highest standards of advocacy and legal practice.