The Sharwood Lecture

Endowed Lecture in Religion and Law

The Robin Sharwood Lecture in Church Law is named in honour of the late Professor Robin Lorimer Sharwood AM, who is a former Warden of Trinity College, Melbourne. He was a passionate follower of the Anglican faith and had a particular interest in church law, given his background as an academic lawyer. In his will, Professor Sharwood generously bestowed a share of his estate to Trinity College to establish and finance a lecture series on this subject.

Each year, the Sharwood Lecture is delivered by an expert in church law, at both Trinity College Theological School in Melbourne and St James’ Church, King Street in Sydney, in conjunction with the St James’ Institute.


The Hon Debra Mullins QC


Wednesday 25 May

Law of the State and Religious Institutions.
Cause for Concern or Reform?

The Hon Justice Michael W. Shand AM QC

The Hon Debra Mullins QC


Will the ties that bind break under the strain? – The future for the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia

The Hon Justice Debra Mullins AO

The Rev'd Dr Bruce Kaye AM


From colonial chaplaincy to responsible governance: The Anglican Church of Australia and ecclesiology

The Rev’d Dr Bruce Kaye AM

The Hon Keith Mason QC


Anglican canon law: Identity, ecclesiology and ecumenism

Prof. Mark Hill QC

The Hon Keith Mason QC


Clergy status in the age of the Royal Commission

The Hon Keith Mason AC QC