Sheridan CPD Seminar: Desecration of Public Monuments



Law, Policy, Ethics and Challenges

You are warmly invited for a topical discussion about our freedom of political communication and the protection of Australia’s Monuments and Statues – law, policy, ethics and challenges. Legislative protection mechanisms, including national and Western Australian protections, will be considered during the Seminar. Risks to existing monuments and statues in the current political and social landscape will be evaluated.

This Sheridan CPD Seminar is proudly supported by the Australian Christian Lobby, FamilyVoice Australia, Human Rights Law Alliance, Civilisationists, Christian Legal Society of Western Australia, National Civic Council and the Western Australian Legal Theory Association. It will provide 2 CPD points for lawyers; 1 point in Substantive Law, and 1 point in Ethics. Light refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: Wednesday, 14 July 2021

TIME: 5.30 PM to 9.00 PM

WHERE: Sheridan Institute of Higher Education (10 Nash St, Perth, WA)

The night will feature presentations from:




Chaired by Peter Abetz, former State MP and WA Director at Australian Christian Lobby

Presentation 1:

History Matters

The Protection of Australia’s Monuments and Statues

– Law, Policy, Ethics and Challenges


Emeritus Professor Gabriël A. Moens AM

JD (Leuven), LLM (Northwestern), PhD (Sydney), GCEd (Queensland), MBA (Murdoch), MAppL (COL), FCIArb, CIArb, FAIM, FCL, FAAL 

Presentation 2:

 Legal Fiction?

A Critical Evaluation of the Implied Freedom of Political Communication


Professor Augusto Zimmermann

LLB (Hons.), LLM cum laude, PhD (Monash), CIArb, DipEd. 


About the Speakers:

Gabriël A. Moens AM is Emeritus Professor of Law, The University of Queensland. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean and Professor of Law, Murdoch University; Head, Graduate School of Law, The University of Notre Dame Australia; Garrick Professor of Law, The University of Queensland; and Professor of Law, Curtin University. He was a Visiting Professor of Law at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University and at Loyola University, New Orleans.

In 1999, Professor Moens received the Australian Award for University Teaching in Law and Legal Studies. In 2003, the Prime Minister of Australia awarded him the Australian Centenary Medal for services to education. He was named the “International Alumnus of the Year” by the Pritzker Law School of Northwestern University in 2019. In June 2019 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the law and higher education. Professor Moens is a Fellow, International Academy of Comparative Law, Paris; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (WA); a Fellow of the College of Law; and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

He is the author/co-author/editor/co-editor of Enduring Ideas, Connor Court Publishing, 2020;  The Himalaya Clause, Connor Court Publishing, 2020; Law of International Business in Australasia (2nd ed), The Federation Press, 2019; The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia Annotated (9th ed), LexisNexis Butterworths, 2016; Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Resources Sector: An Australian Perspective, Springer, 2015; Jurisprudence of Liberty (2nd ed), LexisNexis, 2011; Commercial Law of the European Union, Springer, 2010; and International Trade and Business: Law, Policy and Ethics (2nd ed) Routledge/Cavendish, 2006. Gabriël authors novels, short stories, and opinion pieces. His debut novel, A Twisted Choice, a thriller about the origins of the Covid-19 virus, was published by Boolarong Press in October 2020.

Augusto Zimmermann is Professor and Head of Law at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education in Perth/WA, and Professor of Law (adjunct) at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney campus. He is also the Founder and President of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Western Australian Jurist, an Elected Fellow at the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family, and a former Vice-President of the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy. From 2012 to 2017 Professor Zimmermann served as a Law Reform Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.

Professor Zimmermann was also the Murdoch University Law School’s Associate Dean for Research (2009-2012). While working at that university, he was awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research, and two Law School Dean’s Research Awards, in 2010 and 2011. He served on numerous academic bodies at Murdoch, including: the Research Degree and Scholarships Committee; the Vice Chancellor’s Awards and Citations Committee; the Academic Council’s Freedom of Speech in Policies and Procedures Advisory Group; and the Academic Staff Promotions Advisory Committee. 

In January 2015, Professor Zimmermann was invited by the Tasmanian Chief Justice to address the ‘Opening of the Legal Year’ in that state. His address was attended by the Governor of Tasmania, the State Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, the State Attorney-General, and Tasmanian judges and lawyers. And he is the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation at a conference of the Samuel Griffith Society – a learned society founded by the late Chief Justice Sir Harry Gibbs and named after Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, the First Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Broadly recognized as a fierce advocate for free speech and the Rule of Law, Professor Zimmermann is the author of numerous articles on these topics, contributing, inter alia, for a seminal book about the Rule of Law edited by the President of the American Bar Association. He is the author/co-author/editor/co-editor of numerous academic articles and books, including ‘Fundamental Rights in the Age of Covid-19’ (Connor Court, 2021), ‘No Offence Intended: Why 18c is Wrong’ (Connor Court, 2016), ‘Christian Foundations of the Common Law’ (3 Volumes, Connor Court, 2017), and ‘Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity’ (Springer, 2014). ‘Western Legal Theory: History, Concepts and Perspectives’ (LexisNexis, 2013), etc.

This event is proudly supported by: