Selden Society 2018 lecture series: lecture one

Guns and judges: Antonin Scalia and the right to bear arms

Presented by the Hon Justice Glenn Martin AM

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Arrive at 5.15pm for 5.30pm start

The Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane

Refreshments provided in the Portrait Gallery after the lecture.

Registrations close 26 April 2018—please bring your ticket for quick check-in.


About the lecture

As an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, Scalia was more concerned with being true, as he saw it, to the principles of textualism and originalism than with forming coalitions of like-minded judges. He wanted to win each argument, and his frustration with the reasoning of other members of the Court would often lead him to engage in ferocious and destructive dissents.

His dissents worked to promote 'originalism' as a means of interpreting the US Constitution. In one of the most influential decisions of the last 25 years, Scalia wrote the majority opinion in District of Columbia v Heller. It was the first extensive decision on the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. This decision changed the previously accepted understanding of the amendment and it is often mistakenly thought to support the abolition of all restrictions on gun ownership.

CPD points: 1 point per hour, self assessed (BAQ and QLS)

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