Professor Gino Dal Pont
Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania AUS
'Ruling from the Grave: Conditions in Wills'
We are excited to present our first speaker spotlight Professor Gino Dal Pont. Gino will open the 2023 STEP Conference with his presentation 'Ruling from the Grave: Conditions in Wills' at 9.05am, Friday 8th September. Register below to secure your spot!
'Sometimes described in terms of a human right is the right to dispose of one’s own property as one wishes. A progeny of this right is the so-called freedom of testation. Yet even ostensibly fundamental rights, it seems, must yield to other, more pressing, considerations. Freedom of testation is constrained by statute, chiefly through family provision / protection. But it is also constrained by public policy – that well known ‘unruly horse’ – which in some instances serves to constrain the testamentary freedom to discriminate and control from the grave. This paper probes the how rights and policy interact in this context'.
Gino Dal Pont is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (LLM) and the University of Tasmania (LLD), and is admitted to practice in New South Wales, as well as being a Certified Practising Accountant. He has written widely in areas including equity & trusts and lawyers’ professional responsibility and is the General Editor of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia. Professor Dal Pont has authored 19 books (including most recently Law of Executors and Administrators), and his work has been cited in over 2000 judgments, including hundreds of times in New Zealand. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Law and the College of Law’