Michael KIRBY Former Chair of the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on DPRK He is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law & Justice at Victoria University and the Former Chair of the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry of DPRK
  • Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge when he retired in 2009 from the High Court of Australia – the nation’s Federal Supreme Court.  In his judicial career he served as President of the Court of Appeal of new South Wales and concurrently Solomon Islands; as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia; and as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission.

    Even whilst serving as a judge he took part in many international offices and they have increased since 2009: Chair of the OECD expert groups on privacy and data security (1978-80); Commissioner WHO Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); Member of the ILO Commission on Freedom of Association, mission to South Africa (1991-2); Special Representative of the UNSG for Human Rights in Cambodia 1993-6; Independent chair of the Malawi Constitutional Conference 1994; President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-8).

    Recently, and at present, he has served on: The Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (2009-11); The UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2011-12); Chair of the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on DPRK (North Korea) (2013-14); Member of the UNSG’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Medicines (2015 - ).