Justice Sarah Derrington

President of the Australian Law Reform Commission

The Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington was appointed President of the Australian Law Reform Commission and a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 10 January 2018.

Prior to her appointment, Justice Derrington was the Dean of Law at the University of Queensland and a barrister specialising in maritime and shipping law, general commercial law and arbitration.

Justice Derrington is a Director of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), a member of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA), the Commonwealth's Admiralty Rules Committee, the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and of the Australian Academy of Law. She served as a Director of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) from 2012 until December 2017 and is a past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ). She was elected as a Titular Member of the Comité Maritime International in 2016 and continues to chair the International Working Group on Cross-border Insolvency.

She has published in leading international journals in the field of marine insurance and carriage of goods by sea and, with James M Turner QC of the English Bar, co-authored The Law & Practice of Admiralty Matters, now in its second edition (OUP, 2016). She was the co-Editor of the Queensland Reports from July 2011 until May 2015.


13 Nov 2018LetterSubmission to ALRC Discussion Paper