Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO

Tribunal Chair 2008-2011

Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO

Emeritus Professor Pearce AO was appointed in June 2008 as the inaugural Chair of the Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal. His appointment ended with his retirement in June 2011.

Professor Pearce is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University College of Law. He is also Special Counsel to DLA Phillips Fox lawyers, a member of the Australian Copyright Tribunal and Chair of the Australian Capital Territory Cricket Association Appeals Tribunal.

From 1988 to 1991 Professor Pearce was the Commonwealth and Defence Force Ombudsman. He also had two periods as Dean of the ANU Faculty of Law.

Professor Pearce has had broad committee, review and tribunal experience. He was Chairman of the Australian Press Council, Chair of the Copyright Law Review Committee and President of the ACT Racing Appeals Tribunal. He has undertaken a number of reviews of government actions for the Commonwealth and ACT Governments. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of the ACT and South Australia, and of the High Court. He is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Professor Pearce is the author of Australia’s leading textbooks on the interpretation of legislation, and of the making and validity of delegated legislation. He is editor of the ongoing publication Australian Administrative Law.

In 2003 Professor Pearce was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for service to the law as an academic, particularly through seminal work on the topics of statutory interpretation, delegated legislation and administrative law; as a teacher, researcher and university administrator; and as a significant contributor in the areas of public administration, press regulation, parliamentary law and copyright control. He was also awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service as Chair, Attorney-General’s Copyright Law Review Committee.

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