Lord Atkin: his Queensland Origins and Legacy

Date of this Version

January 2006

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Carney, Gerard (2006) Lord Atkin: his Queensland Origins and Legacy is an article published in the Supreme Court History Program Yearbook 2005, M.White QC, A. Rahemtula (eds), Supreme Court of Queensland Library, Brisbane, 2006, pp. 33-61.
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2006 HERDC submission


This article examines the life of Baron Atkin of Aberdovey, one of the most famous English judges of the 20th century, Brisbane born James Richard Atkin. His two most celebrated judgments in the House of Lords have lost none of their importance at the beginning of the 21st century. Each deal with hotly debated legal issues in Australia today: the law of negligence and internal security.

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