His Excellency Judge James Crawford SC was our guest at the Australian Bar Association Conference held at the Inns of Court in London in July.
Judge Crawford also joined us in Australia this month, to deliver the 10th Patron’s Address for the Australian Academy of Law on the “Work of the International Court of Justice” in the Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney. The vote of thanks was delivered by Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
In addition to delivering an erudite and comprehensive address (from just a single page of notes), Judge Crawford graciously and in good humour took numerous questions from the Australian judiciary, practitioners and students in attendance. This included my own question as to what he enjoys most about his work on the ICJ (answer: the deliberative process; being conflicted out from certain cases based on his previous extensive advisory practice not so much!).