Australia: Lunchtime Speaker Series - The Honourable Brian Tamberlin QC.
Last Updated: 5 February 2013

Deputy President of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal


Brian Tamberlin is well known for his role in hearing a number of high profile cases, such as the David Hicks, Duff Beer and Versace cases.

He is a graduate of the Sydney University law school class of 1962, which was a remarkably high achieving year. Many of Brian Tamberlin's classmates went on to high offices, such as former Justice Michael Kirby and Chief Justice Murray Gleeson. Others, such as former Justice Marcus Enfield, became embroiled in media scandal.

Brian Tamberlin will talk about the many different places a law degree can take you, weaving in stories of his contemporaries from the class of 1962.

Brian Tamberlin, BA, LLB, QC, is an Australian jurist, barrister, legal commentator and retired justice of the Federal Court of Australia. Tamberlin received his bachelor of arts and law degrees from the University of Sydney. He later received his Master's degree in law from Harvard Law School. Tamberlin was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1967, and became a Queen's Counsel in 1981. He was appointed a Federal Court justice 1994. Tamberlin engaged in lecturing initiatives in legal areas such as federal constitutional law, administrative law and intellectual property in several countries such as the United States, Vietnam and Thailand. Tamberlin is more recently known for hearing the Duff Beer, Versace and David Hicks cases. He retired as a justice of the Federal Court in March 2009, and was subsequently appointed Deputy president of the NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Since March 2009, Tamberlin has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW.

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