Professor James Renwick CSC SC

Honorary Professor
LLB (Syd), SJD (Syd)
02 92328545

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Biography

Honorary Professor (Dr) James Renwick CSC SC is a member of the NSW Bar, and was the third Independent National Security Legislation Monitor of Australia.

He has interests in constitutional, administrative, regulatory, national security and cyber law.

Appointments

  • Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne Law School, 2005
  • Associate, Sydney Centre for International Law since 2009
  • Senior Counsel, NSW, 2011
  • Captain, RAN, former Head, NSW Naval Reserve Legal Panel
  • Member, NSW Bar Council, 1999, 2000

Awards

Year Title
2019 2019 Conspicuous Service Cross
2007 Fulbright Scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC
1993 Parsons Scholar

In the Media

12
Jul
2020
James Renwick comments in The Sydney Morning Herald
9
Jul
2020
James Renwick quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald
21
Feb
2020
James Renwick quoted in Australian Financial Review

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Philosophy & approach

Where has the study of law taken me in my career? In places I could never have imagined: I have been fortunate to live and practice law for extended periods in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Darwin, and even, for a short time in 2004, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. After over 25 years in practice, comparisons become difficult, but some things stand out: witnessing the wonderful spectacle of group evidence by traditional Aboriginal people in remote parts of the Northern Territory; appearing now and then in the High Court, particularly in hard cases concerning detention without trial; trying to work out and then explain why my client, the highly respected Captain Burnett, ordered HMAS Sydney to close on what turned out to be a Nazi raider which surprised and sunk the Sydney and killed all of her crew, including him; trying to understand and then write about de-radicalisation.

Past courses

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How my works connects with public policy

I try to remember the wisdom of Chief Justice Gleeson in his Boyer Lectures ‘The law restrains and civilises power…whether the power in question is that of other individuals or corporations, or whether it is the power of governments…Law is not the enemy of liberty; it is its partner.’ It is the lawyer’s privilege to play a part, whether it is large or small, in this high expression of our civilisation, and in the 21st century there are so many ways to do so: including private and government practice and academia.

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