Arthur Emmett

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Sydney, NSW, 2000


Phone: (02) 9230 8409





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After leaving school, I studied Arts/Law at Sydney University and graduated as BA in 1964, LLB in 1967 and LLM in 1976.  I worked in Sydney from 1964 to 1978 with Dawson Waldron, solicitors, first as an articled clerk and employed solicitor and then as an associate and partner.  I had two interludes, in 1968-9 and 1974, working as a solicitor in London. I became a barrister in 1978 and became a QC in 1985. 

I was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 1997.  The Federal Court deals with patents, copyright, trade marks, corporations, tax, shipping, consumer protection and federal administrative action.  I am also President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia, which determines the royalties payable under compulsory licences of copyright material. 

I have taught Roman Law at the University of Sydney since 1978 and  have been Challis Lecturer in Roman Law since 1990. In May 2009, the University of Sydney gave me an honorary LLD. 

I have been married to Sylvia since 1976 and have 4 sons and 2 daughters.  I also have 5 grandchildren, with another grandchild on the way.  Sylvia is a judge of the Federal Magistrates Court and three of my sons have followed us into the law.  The other son teaches high school mathematics.  One of my daughters is a university lecturer in English literature and the other is communications coordinator with a charitable organisation.

 I maintain a keen interest in sport. I was involved in cricket administration for my local cub at Lane Cove, where I played for 20 years. I also played a season of cricket in England for Highgate in North London. For quite a few years, I was a Conduct Commissioner for the NSW Cricket Association. While I stopped playing regular cricket many years ago, I still play occasional social games, including a couple of games in England last year.









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