9 September 2016: ILS London Chapter event
On 9 September, the Law Council's London Chapter, together with the Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society, co-hosted the Honourable Chief Justice Robert French AC. The Chief Justice’s address, titled ‘Vive la Différence? Australia and the United Kingdom: Two Countries, Two Systems,’ highlighted differences between the Australian and UK legal systems. The event was held at Linklaters, London.
Robert French was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 1 September 2008.
He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia in science and law. He was admitted in 1972 and practised as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia until 1983 when he went to the Independent Bar. He was an associate member of the Trade Practices Commission (now the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) from 1983 to 1986 and Chancellor of Edith Cowen University from 1991 to 1996. From 1994 to 1998 he was President of the National Native Title Tribunal. At the time of his appointment he was an additional member of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a member of the Supreme Court of Fiji. He was also a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal and a part time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
From 2001 to January 2005 he was President of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. In 2010, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is Patron of the Australian Academy of Law and an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Law Teachers Association.