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The Hon Justice Paul Desmond Finn

Federal Court of Australia (1995-2012)

Qualifications | Work History | | Relevant judgments


Relevant qualifications

BA 1967 University of Queensland
LLB 1969 University of Queensland
LLM 1971 University of London
LLD (Hon) 2008 Flinders
  1980 Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge
  1990 Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
  1995 Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College, Cambridge
  2010-2011 Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at the University of Cambridge


Work history

1995-2012 Judge, Federal Court of Australia
1996-current Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne
1997 Judicial Fellow, Flinders Law School
1988-1995 Head, Department of Law and Division of Philosophy and Law, Australian National University
1988 Professor of Law, Research School of Social Science, Australian National University
1982-1988 Reader in Law, Australian National University
1977-1982 Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
1975-1976 Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland


Relevant judgments

  • ACCC v Metcash Trading Limited [2011] FCAFC 151 (appeal)
    Merger case. ACCC's appeal against the decision of Justice Emmett was rejected. Justice Finn agreed with the reasons and orders proposed by Justice Yates in this case.
  • News Ltd v South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Ltd [2000] FCA 1541 (Trial)
    Justice Finn rejected South's claim that the term reducing the competition from 17 to 14 teams was exclusionary.
    Justice Finn's decision was overturned by a majority of the Full Federal Court. However, on further appeal the majority of the High Court agreed with Justice Finn that the provision was not exclusionary.