Michael Kirby awarded honorary degree

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC, CMG was awarded Doctor of the University at La Trobe University, 21 February 2011.

Our outgoing chancellor, Sylvia Walton AO conferred the award at a full academic presentation at the John Scott Meeting House.

Breaking with tradition, the presentation was followed by a wide-ranging discussion between Mr Kirby and Professor Dennis Altman AM as part of the University’s Ideas and Society program.

Mr Kirby is the 14th Australian to be presented with the Doctor of the University, the highest honour at La Trobe University.

Vice-Chancellor Paul Johnson said: “Throughout Mr Kirby’s career, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to human rights, the rule of law and social justice.”