Robertson to lead line-up of national and international speakers on October 25, 2017
Perth, Western Australia
It takes leadership and strong convictions to take on jobs many of us baulk at:  such as defending WikiLeaks founder Julia Assange, or representing boxer Mike Tyson, or acting as appeal judge at the UN Special Court of Sierra Leone.

For Geoffrey Robertson QC, human rights lawyer and keynote speaker at next month’s AIM WA Leadership Summit, it has rarely been about fortune and fame but rather the challenge of following a conviction and providing leadership in the area of law, his profession since joining the bar in 1973.

“Justice is the great game because it provides the opportunity of winning against the most powerful, and against the state itself,” Robertson has said.

“This does not mean that David will necessarily slay Goliath, but the laws of battle will prevent Goliath from siding up and hitting him on the head.

“We cannot … turn away those who face persecution.”

Mr Robertson is arguably Australia’s most celebrated barrister as well as the founder of Doughty Street Chambers, Europe’s largest human rights practice.

A resident of London and Old Bailey regular since the 1970s, Mr Robertson has established himself as a barrister for those whose adversaries are Goliath in stature and power, and often governments.

It takes extraordinary leadership and belief in values to take on governments and big corporations in the pursuit of what is right – leadership in encouraging and motivating your team to face a summit many see as impossible to climb; and a belief that sound argument and judgment will conquer, no matter who the adversary is.
Mr Robertson will share lessons learnt from almost half a century of leading from the front at this year’s AIM WA Leadership Summit, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Perth on October 25.

The annual Leadership Summit, now in its 4th year, represents a unique opportunity for leaders and managers to hear the views of and learn from a diverse group of executives, and engage in panel discussions around the Future of Work, Community Engagement and the State of Western Australia.

It provides an opportunity to hear leaders’ stories of triumph, challenge but also adversity, and how it made them better and stronger.

“Too often we rely exclusively on textbook examples and theory to learn about leadership. The AIM WA Leadership Summit offers real insights into real-life experiences – lessons don’t get more powerful than that,” AIM WA Chief Executive Professor Gary Martin said. 

Joining Mr Robertson as keynote speaker at the Summit will be:
  • Naomi Simson – founding director of online experience gift retailer RedBalloon and a Twitter Top 30 tech  influencer
  • Richard Goyder – the retiring Wesfarmers chief executive, incoming Woodside Petroleum chairman and AFL Commission chairman
  • Jennifer Byrne – award-winning journalist, TV presenter and best-selling author
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