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The Hon Raymond Antony Finkelstein QC

Judge, Federal Court of Australia (Melbourne) (1997-2011)

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


Relevant qualifications

  • LLB (1970)
  • B.Juris
  • Admitted to practice (1971)
  • Signed bar roll (1975)
  • Took silk (1986)


Relevant work history

  • 2011-current: private practice
  • 1997 - 1 July 2011: Judge, Federal Court of Australia (Melbourne) (appointed 21 July 1997)
  • 1992 - Acting Solicitor General for the State of Victoria
  • 1986 - appointed Queen's Counsel
  • 1975 - called to the bar
  • 1971-1975 - Solicitor in Melbourne and tutor at Monash University


Other positions held

  • 2008 - 2011: Australian Competition Tribunal - President
  • Australian Competition Tribunal - Deputy President
  • Copyright Tribunal of Australia - Deputy President
  • Chair, Independent Inquiry into Aspects of the Media (2011-2012)


Academic positions

  • Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law Masters
  • Adjunct Professor, Monash University Faculty of Law


Relevant judgments

As counsel


Relevant speeches and publications

  • Justice Ray Finkelstein, 'Crimes and punishments of competition law' (2011) 18 Competition and Consumer Law Journal 207


Submissions to inquiries

  • Senate Economics Committee, Trade Practices Amendment (Infrastructure Access) Bill 2009, Submission No 3
    Bill to amends the National Access Regime in relation to: binding time limits and limited merits review; applications by certain persons that a certain service is ineligible to be a declared service; enabling the ACCC to accept access undertakings with fixed principles that will apply to subsequent undertakings; enabling the ACCC to issue an amendment notice proposing amendments to a proposed access undertaking submitted by a service provider; administrative processes of the NCC and the ACT; and consequential amendments. Bill passed with amendments in 2010