What a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and a Judge’s associate do in a typical week

Date & time
4.15–6pm Thursday 28 February 2019

Lecture Theatre, Australia Centre on China in the World, 188 Fellows Lane, ANU

The Hon Justice Alan Robertson
Will Randles
Associate Professor Heather Roberts
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Presented by The Centre for International & Public Law

ANU College of Law Visiting Judicial Fellow Program
Photo of Justice Alan Robertson and Will Randles

Have you ever wondered what a typical week’s work looks like for a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia? How do Judges prepare for court sittings, and what happens in chambers? What does an Associate do, and what skills are required to perform the role?

Join Justice Alan Robertson (Judge, Federal Court of Australia) and Will Randles (Associate to Justice Robertson) in conversation with Associate Professor Heather Roberts about life working at the Federal Court of Australia.

This seminar is open to all current law students. Attendance is free but spaces are limited – register now!

This seminar is part of the ANU College of Law Visiting Judicial Fellow Program. The Program is designed to develop a greater understanding of the role and function of judges, by allowing Judges to share their knowledge and experience with the broader ANU Law community. Justice Alan Robertson is one of two Visiting Judicial Fellows in 2019.


  • The Hon Justice Alan Robertson »

    Justice Alan Robertson is a graduate of ANU. He was admitted in 1980 as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. From 1981 to 1983, he worked as assistant to the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Sir Maurice Byers. In 1983, Justice Robertson moved to the New South Wales Bar and, in 1995, was appointed Senior Counsel. His area of specialisation was public law, including constitutional and administrative law, revenue law, competition law and appeals. He was for many years convenor of the Constitutional and Administrative law section of the New South Wales Bar Association. He was a part time member of the Administrative Review Council between 1992 and 1997. He was appointed a judge of the Federal Court in April 2011, based in Sydney. He has been appointed a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal. He is the Deputy President of the Australian Academy of Law.

  • Will Randles »

    Will Randles is a recent graduate of ANU, where he completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts. During his degree he worked for some years as a paralegal in the Dispute Resolution team at Australian Government Solicitor. After graduating in July 2018 he spent six months in the Tax team at Ashurst and has recently commenced as Justice Robertson’s Associate.



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