Top Australian judge, Justice Mark Weinberg, joins SAS as Inns of Court Fellow

Thursday 27 October 2016

A senior Australian judge joins the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) this month as its 2016–17 Inns of Court Fellow. Justice Mark Weinberg’s research focus will be on providing greater clarity on evidence requirements for multi-count indictments involving sexual offences.

Justice Weinberg is a Justice of Appeal of Australia’s Supreme Court in Victoria. His tenure at the institute, a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS), runs from 16 October to 14 December.

Accepting the fellowship, Justice Weinberg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in July 2008 after serving as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia since 1998, said: ‘I am greatly honoured to have been awarded the Inns of Court Fellowship for 2016. I spent a most enjoyable sabbatical leave at the Institute in 1979, while I was teaching at the University of Melbourne. I welcome this opportunity to engage in research, and reflection, after almost twenty years as a judge.’

During his time in London he will focus on the treatment, in both England and Australia and at both trial and appellate level, of multi-count indictments involving sexual offences, and particularly those involving multiple complainants. The aim of his research is to examine closely legislative and other changes to the law of evidence which bear upon this debate and make a modest contribution towards reducing the confusion around this area. 

‘The institute is extremely fortunate to welcome Justice Weinberg as the Inns of Court Fellow this year,’ said Jules Winterton, director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. ‘His extensive judicial experience at the most senior levels combined with his academic experience leading the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne provide the institute with an ideal colleague to join our intellectual community.’

A graduate of Monash University, Australia and the University of Oxford, Justice Weinberg has published extensively in the fields of criminal law and evidence and his judicial and legal career spans many numerous high-profile positions. Prior to his current role, he was Queen's Counsel, and from 1988 until 1991, Commonwealth director of public prosecutions. He has also previously held positions as deputy president of the Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal, non-resident judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji, judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and chief justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island.

While at IALS he will also deliver two free seminars. The first, ‘Modern drafting and the criminal law – Does Codification work?’ is on 3 November (12.30pm), and the second on 21 November at 6pm, is entitled ‘The future of the jury in criminal trials - the problem of jury directions’.

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1. For further information please contact Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London. maureen.mctaggart@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8653. Images available on request.

2. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) supports and leads legal research in its broadest sense, both nationally and internationally. Founded in 1947, it houses specialist research centres and innovative partnerships and is home to an active community of researchers, fellows, and postgraduate students. It promotes new research agenda in specialist and interdisciplinary areas of law with direct effect on policy and practice. It provides research training and online services, a meeting place for organisations and legal scholars from around the globe, one of the world’s great legal research libraries, and a busy programme of seminars and public events. www.ials.sas.ac.uk

2. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London  is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2014-15, SAS: welcomed 805 research fellows and associates; held 2,073 research dissemination events; received 23.1 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 213,456 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at www.sas.ac.uk or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews

3. The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. Its members are 18 self-governing institutions of outstanding reputation, together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities. Learn more about the University of London at http://www.london.ac.uk

4. His Hon Justice Mark Weinberg is a Justice of Appeal of Australia’s Supreme Court in Victoria. He was called to the Victorian Bar in 1975 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1986. He was Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1988 until 1991, after which he returned to private practice at the Victorian Bar. Justice Weinberg was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 1998 and served in that capacity until his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria in 2008. He has also previously held the following appointments: deputy president, Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal, non-resident judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji; judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and chief justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island. Justice Weinberg has published extensively in the fields of criminal law and evidence.

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