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40 Monash U. L. Rev. 1 (2014)

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                      PROFESSOR BRYAN HORRIGAN*

In early 1964, the first law students attended their first law lecture, given by the
Foundation Dean, Professor David Derham, at the newly established law school
at Monash University. Fifty years later, in mid-2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott
delivered a video-taped message to a crowd of more than 400 students, staff, and
alumni gathered together in Melbourne to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
foundation of the Faculty of Law at Monash University. In particular, this 50th
anniversary dinner celebrated five decades of students passing through the doors
of the David Derham Law School Building.
The prime minister's message of congratulations on that occasion is worth
recording for posterity in this special 50th anniversary edition of the Monash
University Law Review. Prime Minister Abbott told the audience: 'I send my very
best wishes to everyone celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Monash University
Faculty of Law [and] I pay particular tribute to your history of achievement in
becoming one of our country's most respected law schools'. He added that 'you
have laid the foundation for your students to excel and to strengthen our country',
noting that 'members of my own team ... started out as law students at Monash
Almost 40 years after the doors of the Faculty of Law first opened, the first
external academic review of the Faculty concluded that '[a]ll the best aspects
of the Monash Law School must be celebrated' and '[t]he Faculty has sustained
a reputation for quality and innovation for nearly four decades'.' More than a
decade after that external review, the assessment of the Faculty by historians
and co-authors, Peter Yule and Fay Woodhouse, is that 'Monash law school is at
a high point as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, but it will require continual
innovation, reinvention and flexibility if it is to maintain that position until its
centenary and beyond'.
The Faculty's proud record of excellence in research and scholarship is part of
its 50-year legacy and platform for the next 50 years. As a law school that is
consistently ranked in the top 20 law schools in the world, its research quality
and impact rests upon a number of pillars, including the presence of world-class
research centres and groups, academics who write the publications that others
read and use in their work across all arms of the legal profession, and - most
importantly - a flagship law journal such as the Monash University Law Review.
Even a cursory electronic search ofjudgments available through AUSTLII reveals
more than a hundred citations of articles from the Monash University Law Review
*   Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University.
1   As recorded in Peter Yule and Fay Woodhouse, Pericleans, Plumbers and Practitioners: The First
    Fifty Years of the Monash University Law School (Monash University Publishing, 2014).

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