Thomson Reuters is pleased to announce the appointment of The Hon Justice Melissa Perry as the Section Editor for a brand new Administrative Law Section in The Australian Law Journal. As part of a reinvigoration program, a range of new Sections are being commissioned to ensure that subscribers are receiving a wide range of valuable and useful content.
The Hon Justice Melissa Perry practised at the bar from 1992 to 2013, taking silk in 2004, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. She was appointed to the Federal Court on 23 September 2013. Prior to her appointment, her practice embraced international law, human rights, constitutional and administrative law, and native title on which she co-authored a textbook. While at the Bar, she appeared regularly in the High Court and Federal Court, among other jurisdictions, and also appeared in the challenge to the legality of the interim military government in Fiji in the Fiji Court of Appeal. Her doctorate was in international law from Cambridge and was awarded the Yorke Prize.
Justice Perry serves on a number of bodies including the Board of Directors of the Australian Academy of Law, the Administrative Review Council, the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert+Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Law School Advisory Board, University of Adelaide. She is also a squadron leader with the RAAF Legal Specialist Reserves. Previous positions include membership of the NSW Bar Association Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Committees, the Administrative Law Sub-committee of the Law Council of Australia, the Rule of Law Institute of Australia Governing Council, and Secretary of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.
Justice Perry’s expertise on Administrative Law will be of great benefit to readers of The Australian Law Journal and we take great pleasure in welcoming her to the team.