James Allsop

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James Leslie Bain Allsop AO is an Australian judge. He has been the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia since March 2013. He was previously President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Education[edit]

Allsop attended Sydney Grammar School and completed year 12 in 1970. Allsop then graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1980. He won the university medal in law.[1]

Career[edit]

Allsop was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1981, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 1994. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.

From 2001-2008, Allsop was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. He has also served as an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT (2003–08). Allsop was appointed the President of the NSW Court of Appeal on 2 June 2008.[1]

On 20 November 2012, Commonwealth Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced Allsop would be appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia.

Allsop is also an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney, where he specialises in international admiralty and maritime law.

Honours[edit]

Allsop was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List for distinguished service to the judiciary and the law, as a judge, through reforms to equity and access, and through contributions to the administration of maritime law and legal education.[2]


References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Keith Mason
President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Margaret Beazley
Preceded by
Patrick Keane
Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
2013-present
Incumbent