Chief Justice Robert French AC

Distinguished Professor

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The Honourable Robert French AC has been Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia since 2008, before which he was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that office in November 1986. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in science and law. From 1994 to 1998 he was President of the National Native Title Tribunal. At that time he was also a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal, and a part-time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Chief Justice French was appointed a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2010.

Recent news

Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Robert French AC
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Dean ANU College of Law, has announced the appointment of the current Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Robert French AC as a Distinguished Honorary Professor. Chief Justice French will take up the position after he retires from the Court at the end of January next year.

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

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Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2018 LAWS8128
Class #5762
Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

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