Professor Justice Paul Finn

By Lesley Dingle and Daniel Bates

Finn, Professor Justice Paul Desmond (b. 22nd April 1946, Brisbane)

Some Career Highlights

  • 1964-67 BA, University of Queensland
  • 1969 LLB, Virgil Power Prize and John Hughes Wilkinson Prize, University of Queensland
  • 1971 LLM, University of London
  • 1971-1975 PhD, Cantab, Gonville & Caius College, Tapp Scholar, Yorke Prize Essayist
  • 1980 Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • 1990 Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia
  • 1995 Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 2008 LLD, Flin (Hon)

Australian Appointments

  • University of Queensland, Law Faculty
    • 1975-1976 Senior Lecturer
  • Australian National University, Law Faculty
    • 1977-1982 Senior Lecturer
    • 1982-1988 Reader in Law
    • 1988 Professor of Law, Research School of Social Science
    • 1988-1995 Head, Department of Law and Division of Philosophy and Law
  • Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
    • 1995 – present

Other Appointments

  • 1997 Judicial Fellow, Flinders University, South Australia
  • 1998 - 2003 Member, UNIDROIT’s Working Group, Principles of International & 2006 onwards Commercial Contract
  • 2006 Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

Additional Materials

"Justice Paul Desmond Finn: an Australian Dimension to the Cambridge Eminent Scholars Archive" (2011) 19 (2) Australian Law Librarian 92 – 100

"Thoughts on the History of Law and Governance Down Under: An Interview with Judge Paul Desmond Finn" (2011) 17 (1) Legal History and Rare Books Newsletter of the AALL