Judging Panel

Each year, distinguished Australians serve on the Judging Panel for the finalists of the Governor-General’s Undergraduate Essay Prize.

The 2015 panel consisted of:

  • The Hon. Justice Patrick Keane AC (Chair)
    High Court of Australia
  • The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO
  • Former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Professor Peter Gerangelos
    Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney
  • Mr George Harris
    Partner, Baker & McKenzie

The 2013-14 panel consisted of:

  • The Hon. Justice Susan Kiefel AC (Chair)
    High Court of Australia
  • Professor Nicholas Aroney
    Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of Queensland
  • Mr George Harris
    Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Ms Shireen Morris
    Policy Advisor and Constitutional Reform Research Fellow, Cape York Institute

The 2012 panel consisted of:

  •  The Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC (Chair)
    (Justice of the High Court of Australia)
  • Professor Peter Gerangelos
    (Professor of Law, University of Sydney Law School)
  • Mr George Harris 
    (Partner, Baker & Mckenzie)
  • Dr Peter Johnston
    (Senior Barrister, Constitutional Law Lecturer and Author)
  • Professor HP Lee 
    (Sir John Latham Professor of Law, Monash University)
  • The Hon Justice Pamela Tate 
    (Justice of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court Victoria)

The 2011 panel consisted of:

  • The Hon Justice William Gummow AC
    (Justice of the High Court of Australia)
  • Professor Simon Evans
    (Professor of Law, University of Melbourne)
  • The Hon Stephen Gageler SC
    (Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia)
  • Mr Andrew Salgo
    (Partner, Baker & McKenzie)
  • Professor Fiona Wheeler
    (Professor of Law and Associate Dean of the ANU College of Law, ANU)
  • Mrs Kerry Jones
    Executive Director of Constitution Education Fund Australia (CEFA)

The 2010 panel consisted of:

  • The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC
    (Justice of the High Court of Australia)
  • Dr Peter Gerangelos
    (Professor of Law, University of Sydney Law School)
  • Mr Michael Sexton SC
    (Solicitor-General of New South Wales)
  • Father Frank Brennan
    (Professor of Law, Australian Catholic University)
  • Mr George Harris
    (Partner, Baker & McKenzie)
  • Mrs Kerry Jones
    (Executive Director, Constitution Education Fund Australia)

The 2009 panel consisted of:

  • The Hon Chief Justice Robert French AC 
    (Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia)
  • Professor Gillian Triggs 
    (Dean, University of Sydney Law School)
  • Professor George Williams 
    (Anthony Mason Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales)
  • Professor Peter Gerangelos 
    (Associate Professor, University of Sydney Law School)
  • Professor Patrick Keyzer 
    (Director, Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy, Faculty of Law, Bond University)

The 2008 panel consisted of:

  • The Hon Justice Dyson Heydon AC
  • Dame Leonie Kramer AC DBE
  • Mr Malcolm Mackerras AO
  • Dr Peter Gerangelos
  • Mrs Kerry Jones

The 2007 panel consisted of:

  • The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG
  • Professor Patrick Keyzer
  • Professor George Winterton

The 2006 Panel consisted of:

  • The Hon Justice Susan Crennan AC
  • The Hon Sir Guy Green AC KBE CVO
  • Professor George Winterton

The 2005 Panel Consisted of :

  • The Hon Justice Ian Callinan AC
  • Dr John Hirst
  • Professor George Winterton

The 2004 Panel consised of:

  • The Hon Justice Dyson Heydon AC
  • The Hon Sir Guy Green AC KBE CVO
  • Professor George Winterton