A keynote speaker at the conference drew on a Chinese opera character to illustrate the fight against graft. James Spigelman referred to the legend of Bao Gong, a popular character often portrayed with a black face. 'In Chinese opera, a black face may indicate either a rough and bold character, or an impartial and selfless personality,' the New South Wales Supreme Court Chief Justice said. 'It is the latter that applies to Bao Gong . . . known for opposing corruption and dispensing justice without fear or favour. 'The Chinese judiciary does not have to look to the West for a role model of judicial independence, integrity and impartiality.' Concluding his speech, Justice Spigelman drew on the drama of Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor of England beheaded by Henry VIII and immortalised in the Robert Bolt play A Man For All Seasons. 'Each society has its own devils, some real, some imagined,' Justice Spigelman said. 'The forest of laws that are planted under the rule of law protects us from those devils.'