Dean’s Nominee

Alastair Nicholson was born in 1938 in Melbourne. He was educated at Scotch College Melbourne, and studied law at the University of Melbourne. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria in 1961, and joined the Victorian Bar in 1963. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1979.

Alastair Nicholson was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1982 and 1988, and Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia from 1988 until 2004. Between 1987 and 1992, Justice Nicholson served as Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force in the rank of Air Vice Marshal.

Justice Nicholson was appointed Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne in 2003, initially holding that appointment at the Deparment of Criminology, and, since 2009, at Melbourne Law School. Justice Nicholson has been active in a number of other oganisations, being the Chair of the National Centre Against Bullying, the founding patron and Chair of Children’s Rights International, and the patron of International Social Service Australia.