Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley has extended his congratulations to the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, John Pascoe AC CVO, who has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day honours list.
“It is wonderful to see another of our ANU Alumni be recognised for their considerable service to the law and strong commitment to social justice,” said Professor Stephen Bottomley.
“Judge Pascoe has been a strong advocate for the legal rights of Indigenous Australians and those living in regional and remote Australia as well as for the prevention of the international trafficking of children.
“The appointment of Judge Pascoe as a Companion recognises both his social justice advocacy and his considerable service to the law in legal administration and higher education,” said Professor Bottomley.
As well as his role on the Federal Circuit Court, Judge Pascoe is Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales and a member of the board of directors of the International Award Association that operates the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
In addition, Judge Pascoe has held a number of high profile positions on the boards of the Sydney Opera House Trust, The Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children and the New South Wales Cancer Council.
Judge Pascoe completed his Bachelor of Arts (1969) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (1971) at the ANU. He joins a distinguished group of ANU Law graduates who have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours.
BY TIM GRAINGER AND FIONA PRESTON