|Born||James Joshua Edelman
9 January 1974
|Occupation||Justice of the Federal Court of Australia|
James Joshua Edelman (born 9 January 1974) is a justice of the Federal Court of Australia and former justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He is noted for his various achievements at a young age, including becoming a Professor at Oxford University before the age of 35 and a Supreme Court justice before the age of 40.
Edelman completed high school at Scotch College in Perth, Western Australia. He completed bachelor's degrees in Economics (1995) and Law (first class honours, 1996) at the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce (1997) at Murdoch University.
Edelman was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1998 after serving as an associate to Justice John Toohey in the High Court of Australia in 1997 and completing an articled clerkship at Blake Dawson Waldron. He was a member of the Chambers of Malcolm McCusker QC from 2001 until his appointment as a justice in 2011.
Following his appointment to the Supreme Court, Edelman continued to teach as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and University of Western Australia, as well as holding the honorary position of Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales.
Edelman has been noted as having a "prodigious" record of publications. At the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court, his publications included six books and more than 80 articles, reviews, and notes.
Edelman was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in April 2011 following the retirement of Justice Peter Blaxell. He took the oath of office on 22 July 2011. It was reported that, at the age of 37, Edelman was the youngest person to join the Supreme Court bench. However, at the welcome ceremony for Edelman, Chief Justice Wayne Martin noted that the reports were incorrect and in fact Sir Lawrence Jackson was appointed at the age of 36 in 1949.
Edelman is married and has two children.
- Unjust Enrichment in Commercial Law. Lawbook Company. 2008. ISBN 0455225044. (with Simone Degeling)
- Cases and Materials on the Law of Restitution (Revised ed.). Oxford University Press. 2007. ISBN 0199296510. (with Andrew S. Burrows and Ewan McKendrick)
- Unjust Enrichment in Australia. Oxford University Press. 2006. ISBN 0195517199. (with Elise Bant)
- Interest Awards in Australia. LexisNexis Butterworths. 2003. ISBN 0409318248. (with Derek Ian Cassidy)
- Gain-Based Damages: Contract, Tort, Equity and Intellectual Property. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2002. ISBN 1847316824.
- Gain-based Awards for Wrongs. University of Oxford. 2001.
- "Appointments to the Federal Judiciary". Attorney-General's Department (Australia). 11 December 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Ceremonial Sitting of the Full Court for the Swearing In and Welcome of the Honourable Justice Edelman". Federal Court of Australia. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Welcome to the Honourable Justice Edelman: Transcript of Proceedings" (PDF). Supreme Court of Western Australia. 25 July 2011. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Biography of Justice Edelman". Federal Court of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Patrons of the Journal". 28 October 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- Rickard, Lucy (25 July 2011). "Our youngest ever judge holds court". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Ceremonial Sitting of the Full Court to Farewell the Honourable Justice Jacobson". 12 December 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2015.