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The Hon Robert Shenton French AC

Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (2008- )

Qualifications | Work History | Other positions held | Relevant judgments | Relevant speeches and publications

 

Relevant qualifications and honours

BSc 1968 Bachelor of Science (Physics)
LLB 1971 UWA
LLD (Hon) 1998 Edith Cowan University
     
  1972 Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia
     
AC

2010

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
For eminent service to the law and to the judiciary, to legal education and administration in the areas of constitutional, competition and native title law, and to legal reform
  2001 Centenary Medal
For service as President of the National Native Title Tribunal and as a Federal Court judge

 

Relevant work history

  • 2008 - current: Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (appointed 1 September)
  • 1986-2008: Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (Perth) (apointed 25 November 1986)
    • 1994-1998 President of the National Native Title Tribunal (1994-1998)
    • Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal
    • Part Time Member of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2006-2008)
  • 1983-1986: Barrister
    • Associate Member of the Trade Practices Commission (1983-86)
  • 1972-1983: practiced as a barrister and solicitor in WA

 

Other positions held

  • Australian Competition Tribunal - President (appointed 2008, but appointed Chief Justice of the High Court before taking the position)
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal – Presidential Member
  • Supreme Court of Fiji - Non-resident Judge (appointed 2003)
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory – Additional Judge (appointed 2004)

 

Relevant judgments

 

Relevant speeches and publications