The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby is Justice of the High Court of Australia and one-time President of the International Commission of Jurists. In 1999, the author in cluded in his entry in Who’s Who in Australia details of his relationship with his partner of thirty years, Johan van Vloten. Such entries had not been previously included in the publication. This fact was noted in due course by sections of the media in Australia with predictable results. Based on a paper presented to the conference of the Interna tional Bar Association, Amsterdam, 2000, and derived from a chapter in Robert Wintemute & Mads Andenas (eds): The Legal Recognition o f Same-Sex Partnerships (Hart, 2000). Published in its original form (1999) 19 Australian Bar Review 4.