Sir Owen Woodhouse Memorial Lecture

This lecture commemorates the life of distinguished judge Sir Owen Woodhouse.

This lecture commemorates the life of one of our most distinguished judges and citizens. Sir Owen Woodhouse's compassion, generosity of spirit and social conscience were reflected in his work as President of the Court of Appeal, President of the Law Commission, and Chairman of the Royal Commission on Compensation for Injury that recommended a no-fault accident compensation scheme and laid the foundations for ACC. He made an immense contribution to New Zealand’s law and society.

The purpose of this inaugural lecture in Sir Owen's memory is to take a broad view, as he would have wished, at some of the ways in which safety, especially in situations of peril, may be promoted. The lecture will touch on the roles of brave and visionary individuals, of courts, of legislators, of treaty makers and of the scholarly community.

The Sir Owen Woodhouse Memorial Lecture will be held annually, with the intention that it be given by a New Zealander and an international visitor in turn.