Justice Melissa Perry was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2013. Her Honour graduated in Law from Adelaide University with 1st class honours, and was awarded a prize-winning PhD in public international law from Cambridge University. She practiced at the Bar in Australia from 1992 to 2013, being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004, and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012.
Her Honour’s areas of expertise in practice included environmental law, native title, constitutional law, and international law. Justice Perry serves as a Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force Legal Specialist Reserves. She is also a member of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity and chaired the specialist committee which prepared the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals (2017).
Among other roles, Her Honour is a Fellow and former director of the Australian Academy of Law, and a member of the advisory boards for the Centre for International and Public Law (ANU), the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law (UNSW), and the Research Unit for Military Law and Ethics (University of Adelaide). Her Honour recently co-edited Australian Native Title Law (2nd ed) (2018).