Sir Paul Kennedy to open Notre Dame’s Sydney Law School

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 9-3-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



Sir Paul Kennedy, recently retired as a judge of the English Court of Appeal will officially open Sydney’s new Law School at The University of Notre Dame’s Broadway Campus on Friday, 10 March. At this prestigious event, Sir Paul, the son-in-law of Lord Devlin, the famous former English Law Lord, will deliver a speech reflecting on the relationship between Law and Religion.

The School of Law is one of six academic schools at Notre Dame’s first Sydney Campus, which is co-located on the historic St Benedict’s Campus at Broadway. Other schools are Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Nursing and Philosophy and Theology. Four hundred and fifty students commenced classes on 27 February and the University was officially opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP, on Friday, 3 March 2006.

Notre Dame hails from Western Australian, where it has developed impressive campuses at Fremantle and Broome over the past 15 years. The University’s current enrolment of 5,000 students includes more than 600 enrolled in Law at Fremantle.

Sir Paul Kennedy, a Lord Justice of Appeal since 1992, sat on the civil and criminal divisions of the UK Court of Appeal. He was recently a member of the Sentencing Guidelines Council with Lord Woolf.

Educated at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, he was called to the bar, Gray’s Inn in 1960 and appointed silk in 1973. He was appointed a judge of the English High Court of Justice in 1983 and was Vice President of the Queen’s Bench Division from 1997-2002.

Notre Dame Sydney Dean of Law, Mary McComish says Sir Paul’s presence will mark a significant occasion.

Other distinguished guests at the function will be Bishop Anthony Fisher, Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, who will bless the Law School, along with many Judges, barristers, solicitors and senior businesspeople.

Sir Paul Kennedy is available to be interviewed by telephone immediately and in person in Sydney on Friday 10 March.


Friday 10 March @ 5.30 p.m Notre Dame Sydney Campus Corner of Broadway and Abercrombie Streets.