The Honourable Dyson Heydon AC, QC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia. He was appointed to the Court in February 2003, after having been a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal since 2000. He graduated in arts from the University of Sydney, and, as the Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales in 1964, graduated as Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University.
Mr Heydon was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1973 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1987. At age 34, he was elected dean of the University of Sydney Law School for 1978–79. He practised at the Bar from 1979 until his appointment to the Court of Appeal. He has published a number of legal texts, including his first book, The Restraint of Trade Doctrine, in 1971. Mr Heydon was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2004.
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, taking up her appointment in 2012. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law.
Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organizations on offshore insurers, World Trade Organisation law and human rights. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.
Professor Triggs' long-standing commitment to legal education will build upon the Commission's efforts to inform Australians, especially children, about their fundamental human rights.
The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM, QC Kevin Lindgren was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
from July 1994 until he reached the mandatory retirement age for federal Judges
in February 2010. At the time of his appointment to the Court he was practising
as Queen’s Counsel at the Sydney Bar, mainly in the area of commercial law.
Dr Lindgren was also an Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of
New South Wales and Acting Judge of Appeal of the New South Wales Court of
Appeal from 31 May 2010 to 3 September 2010.
While on the Bench of the Federal Court Dr Lindgren heard
and decided cases across the full range of that Court’s jurisdiction. He was a
member of the Corporations, Tax, Patents and Competition Law Panels in the New
South Wales District Registry of the Court.
He is a Conjoint Professor of Law at The University of
Newcastle and an Adjunct Professor of Law at The University of Sydney and The University of Technology
After serving articles of clerkship from 1957 to 1962, Dr
Lindgren practised as a solicitor from 1962 to 1969; was Lecturer, Senior
Lecturer then Professor of Law at the University of Newcastle from 1969 to
1984; and practised at the Bar in Sydney from 1984 to 1994, being appointed
Queen’s Counsel in 1991. While he was a Judge, Dr Lindgren was the President of the
Copyright Tribunal of Australia from 2000 to 2007.
Dr Lindgren is the author or co-author or the editor of
several books and numerous journal articles and conference papers in the area of commercial law. He has
continued to pursue such writing activities, as well as undertaking mediation
and arbitration work, in his “retirement”. He is the General Editor and part
author of LexisNexis’s Lahore Copyright and Designs, High Court and Federal
Court Practice and Federal Civil Litigation Precedents, and is the author of
the 12th edition of Vermeesch and Lindgren, Business Law of Australia published
Dr Lindgren was made a member of the Order of Australia in
the Australia Day’s Honours list in 2012 in recognition of his “service to the judiciary and the
administration of justice through the Federal Court of Australia, and to legal education in the area of commercial