AIIA Victoria warmly invites you to a convivial evening at The Hotel Windsor. Come and meet old and new friends, mingle with diplomats and members of the international community in Melbourne, and continue the tradition of acknowledging the contribution of Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO QC.

Former Governor-General and legal expert Sir Zelman Cowen dedicated his life to engaging the Australian public in international affairs. To honour this commitment, and his role as Patron of the Institute, AIIA Victoria's annual Sir Zelman Cowen Oration features an eminent speaker discussing a current issue that affects how Australia engages with the world.

AIIA Victoria is delighted to announce that the 15th Sir Zelman Cowen Oration will be delivered by:

The Honourable Mark Weinberg AO KC

Special Investigator – Office of the Special Investigator


The Impact of Domestic and International Law on Australian Forces Overseas

Predinner drinks commence in the Grand Ballroom from 6:30pm

followed by a 3-course dinner 7:15pm-10pm


To download the pdf flyer please click here.

AIIA Victoria gratefully acknowledges the support of the Walter Mangold Trust Fund for our young members.


Registration of guests and pre-dinner drinks
Welcome Remarks by Richard Iron CMG OBE
Entrée Served
Main Course Served
Introduction of The Honourable Mark Weinberg AO KC
Sir Zelman Cowen Oration
The Honourable Mark Weinberg AO KC
  • The Honourable Mark Weinberg AO KC (Special Investigator - Office of the Special Investigator)

    The Honourable Mark Weinberg AO KC

    Special Investigator - Office of the Special Investigator

    The Hon Mark Weinberg was admitted to practice in New South Wales in 1974, and in Victoria in 1975. In 1975 he joined the academic staff of the University of Melbourne, where he held various positions in the Faculty of Law, culminating in Dean of the Faculty from 1984 to 1985. He was Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1988 to 1991. Mark Weinberg was appointed to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria in July 2008. His Honour was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1998 to 2008 and previously held a series of additional judicial and other appointments. In 2017, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly through reforms to criminal law and procedure, to legal education in Victoria and to the administration of justice in Fiji and Norfolk Island. In October 2017 he was awarded the degree of LLD (Honoris Causa) by Monash University. On 9 May 2018, he retired from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria after 10 years of service. He continued to hear cases as a reserve Judge. Following the release of the Brereton Report, in December 2020, he was appointed by the then Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton as the Special Investigator to investigate alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

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Vote of Thanks
Dessert Served
Tea and Coffee Served
Event Concludes


Grand Ballroom, The Hotel Windsor
111 Spring Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia

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