Ask about Justice Stephen Pallaras QC
Key Points
  • Recognised internationally as an expert in criminal law human rights and corruption.
  • Invited to address judges of Pacific nations and Parliamentarians of Marshall Islands and Fiji on issues of domestic violence.
  • Appointed by State of South Australia as Director of Public Prosecutions and by State of West Australia as acting Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Highly equipped at coaching people on how to answer tough questions from the media.
  • In recent times, he has sat as a Justice of the High Court and the Court of Appeal in the Solomon Islands, enabling his practice to focus on human rights and domestic violence issues addressing jurists and Parliamentarians on these topics in New Zealand, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands. As a result, Judge Pallaras has been described as a “Champion of Human Rights in the Pacific’.
  • His success as an advocate has seen him honoured nationally by his elevation to Queen’s Counsel, he has been the recipient of awards from two international jurisdictions (the U.S.A. and the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and he has received further international acclaim by being appointed as Vice President of the International Association of Prosecutors and also by being appointed to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities. He was also honoured by the University of South Australia with the position of Adjunct Professor of Law.
Topics
  • Domestic violence
    • Nature and complexity of the issue
    • What needs to be done to combat it
    • Experiences in Australia and Pacific Island courts and the weird range of excuses offered by abusers
  • Leadership
    • When an independent DPP is confronted by a "Law & Order" government determined to exclusively own the crime and justice space in society
  • Resilience
    • Taking an organisation on its knees and restoring its pride and sense of purpose in the face of relentless government aggression
    • The role of public support
  • Our criminal justice system
    • Why 'justice' has little to do with it
  • Corruption in society
    • What it is and why it should be fought
    • It's true impact on every society
    • Measures that can be taken against it
    • The success story of Hong Kong's ICAC
Testimonials

Stephen was very entertaining and provided fantastic content for the audience to consider.
SA Local Government Financial Management Group

Stephen Pallaras has been the most inspiring and challenging speaker that we have heard so far this year!! He provided outstanding responses to our questions and he has the strengths of his convictions to guide him. His take on leadership saw the "Light Bulbs" turn on for me... I must say that it made me proud of our shared cultural backgrounds - he is a shining light on multiculturalism and migration!
Governor’s Leadership Foundation

Pallaras missiles hit their target.
The Advertiser

Mr Pallaras was excellent and I wish he could have spoken for longer. He had a lot to share.
Governor’s Leadership Foundation

An engaging speaker, who held those who attended the meeting, captivated for the full thirty minute presentation. Thank you Stephen.
Rotary, Walkerville
South Australia

Just a short note to say thank you for such a wonderful evening on Wednesday. It was a good night wasn't it. Most of our members who attended have already expressed their thoughts and all were very positive. Wasn't Stephen good? Entertaining, informative, and a few surprises. Got the feeling he's one of the good guys. No spin!!!!
Rotary, Walkerville
South Australia

On behalf of those of us from the Rotary Club of Regency Park who attended last Wednesday's event, thank you for organising such an interesting and impressive speaker. The numbers present justified the quality of the speaker. Well done.
Rotary Regent Park
South Australia

Many participants commented on how refreshing and challenging your address was and how it set a good tone for the whole consultation which was a resounding success and I thank you for your pivotal contribution to achieving that.
Secretariat of the South Pacific Community Human Rights Program
Regional Judges and Magistrates Consultation in Auckland, New Zealand

Dear Stephen, I write to thank you as the former Leader of the Liberal Opposition and now a Shadow Minister for your contribution to the State of South Australia during your tenure as the Director of Public Prosecutions. I commend you for your achievements during this time and know that you have left a strong legacy for the Office of Public Prosecutions by setting the ideal standard as the Director with a sound balance of legal prudence and common sense. I particularly note your strong grasp of community expectations.
Member of SA Parliament

On behalf of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children & Family Affairs (MWYCFA) and the organizing Committee, I wish to officially thank you for accepting our invitation to be the Guest of Honour at the National Women's Day and the Launch of the CEDAW Report. It was an honour to have you with us especially to celebrate one of our key milestones. We were very much inspired by your very powerful message and should like to thank you for bringing prominence to the facts about violence against women and girls as a critical issue in Solomon Islands. Indeed we have received excellent feedback from the public on your keynote.
National Women’s Day and CEDAW Launching, Ministry of Women, Youth & Children’s Affairs
Solomon Islands