Chancellor named in Queen's Birthday Honours
Monday, 14 June 2010
The University of Adelaide's Chancellor, the Hon. John von Doussa QC, has been awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in today's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
He is among a number of University graduates and staff to be awarded Queen's Birthday Honours for 2010.
Mr von Doussa has received his AO in recognition of his distinguished service to the law, for his work as President of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, as a judge in federal and international courts, and for his outstanding service to higher education.
"Awards in the Australian honours system represent the highest level of recognition accorded by our nation for outstanding achievement and service," said the Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC.
"The Honours announced today recognise community values and celebrate what is important and unifying in Australian life."
Mr von Doussa became the 14th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide in 2004. From 2003-2008 he served as President of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, having been a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia since 1988.
His other roles have included President of the Australia Competition Tribunal, a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, an Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and a Judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia. He was also a part-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission and was a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia from 1986-1988.
Before his appointment as a Judge he was a Queens Counsel practicing mainly in South Australia, and had served terms as the President of the Law Society of South Australia, and Vice-President of the Law Council of Australia.
He has also held roles with the Supreme Court of Vanuatu, the Court of Appeal of Vanuatu and the Supreme Court of Fiji.
Mr von Doussa will retire from the position of University of Adelaide Chancellor on 25 July 2010.