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The Hon Justice
James Joshua Edelman

Justice of the High Court of Australia (30 January 2017 - current)
Federal Court of Australia


Relevant qualifications and honours

Image representing graduationEDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Economics (1995) University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) (1996) University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Commerce (1997) Murdoch
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law (2001) University of Oxford (Magdalen College)


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Oxford (2007, 2010)
  • Rhodes Scholar for Western Australia in 1998
  • Recipient of UWA Frank Parson’s prize for most outstanding graduate of 1996


Relevant work history

  • Image of briefcase2017-current: Judge, High Court of Australia
  • 2015-2017: Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (Brisbane registry)
  • 2011-2015: Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • 2001-2011: Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford
    (Teaching position at Keble College from in 2005 and chair of the Law of Obligations at Keble from 2008)
  • 2001-2011: Barrister, Western Australian Bar (Chambers of Mr Malcolm McCusker QC)
  • 2008-2011: Barrister, Bar of England and Wales (One Essex Court - Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC)
    (called to bar 2008; tutelage with Lord Wolfson)
  • 1998: Admitted to Practice in Western Australia
  • 1997: Associate to the Honourable Justice Toohey (High Court)
  • Articles, Blake Dawson Waldron


Academic appointments


Relevant judgments

Federal Court



Dozens of publications, mainly in unjust enrichment and the law of obligations more generally. There is at least one publication touching directly on competition law issues:

  • 'Compensatory Damages for Breach of Article 81' (2002) 27(3) European Law Review 327-340 (with Odudu)


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