The Hon Sarah Catherine DERRINGTON AM

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 10.01.2018
Location: Brisbane

Justice Sarah Derrington is the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.

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

She was educated at the University of Queensland, from where she holds a BA (in French and German), an LLB (Hons), an LLM, and a PhD in the field of marine insurance law. In 1990, she was admitted to the Bar in Queensland and as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT.

Justice Derrington pursued dual careers at the Bar and in the Academy and was appointed Professor of Admiralty Law in 2008. She is the author (with James M Turner QC of the English Bar) of The Law and Practice of Admiralty Matters, now in its second edition (OUP, 2016) and (with Dr Michael White OAM QC) of Australian Maritime Law (4th edn, Federation Press, 2020).

Justice Derrington is Past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australian and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and, from 2012-2017 served on the Board of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). She has been a member of the Admiralty Rules Committee since 2006, and continues to serve on the Councils of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM). She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Law in 2009, of the Nautical Institute in 2013, and an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2021.

Associateship applications

Justice Derrington invites interested persons to apply by 30 June 2022 for the Associate position commencing in July 2023.

Applications should include a cover letter of no more than two pages, a brief curriculum vitae, university transcript and the details of at least two referees.

Her Honour seeks to appoint associates who have at least one year of post admission experience in legal practice and preference will be given to candidates who have completed a postgraduate degree in law.

General information about the associate position can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website.

If you have any queries about the process, please send an email to marked to the attention of the Chambers of Justice SC Derrington. Applications can be similarly addressed.

Updated June 2022