When he retired in February 2009 as a Justice of the High Court of Australia, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. His service began in 1975 and concluded with 13 years on Australia’s highest appellate and constitutional court.
During the course of his judicial service, Michael Kirby dealt on several occasions with issues concerning guardianship and disability.
For many years he has been involved in human rights questions both in Australia and in the world. He served as President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-8) and currently serves as a Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law.
In 2010, Michael Kirby was named laureate of the Gruber Justice Prize, conferred in Washington DC.