Melbourne Law School Fellow Justice Michelle Gordon appointed to the High Court

June 15 / 160

Justice Gordon has been appointed to the High Court of Australia.
Justice Gordon has been appointed to the High Court of Australia.

Melbourne Law School Senior Fellow Justice Michelle Gordon has become the fifth woman to be appointed to the High Court of Australia in its 112-year history.

Justice Gordon joins Justices Susan Mary Kiefel and Virginia Bell on the High Court bench.

Dean of the Melbourne Law School Carolyn Evans says she and her colleagues were thrilled to hear of Justice Gordon’s elevation from the Federal to the High Court.

“Justice Gordon has had a long involvement with Melbourne Law School,” explains Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders. “In fact, she delivered the inaugural lecture to one of the first JD groups at the University, some 15 years ago. She has made a tremendous contribution to the school’s teaching programs.”

Since 2012 Justice Gordon, together with her husband Justice Hayne, has taught the subject Statutes in the 21st Century as part of the Melbourne Law Masters Program.

“Their joint teaching is a particular strength of the Melbourne Law Masters program. The subject has been taught over a semester, rather than as an intensive subject, and from the outset, has been extraordinarily popular and well received by students each year. 

“With two such significant judges teaching the subject, there are a lot of legal professionals who want to take it, to hear what Justice Gordon and Justice Hayne have to say about statutory interpretation,” Professor Saunders explains. 

Justice Gordon is excited about her appointment and keen to embrace her new role, while also acknowledging that large challenges lie ahead.

“The work of the Court is relentless and, inevitably, comprises the truly hard cases,” she says. “But it’s that combination which presents both the challenges and the rewards of the tasks that will fall to me.”

Justice Gordon was officially sworn in at a ceremony in Canberra at the High Court on 9 June.

Edited version of story by Tarang Chawla that first appeared in Voice.



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