The Hon. John Eric Middleton - President


Other Commissions/Appointments:

  • Judge, Federal Court of Australia
  • Presidential Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Part-time Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission.

John Eric Middleton was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia effective from 31 July 2006.

He was appointed a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal effective from 16 February 2009 and President effective from 1 July 2016.

He was appointed a presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal effective from 24 November 2010.

He was appointed Part-time Commissioner to the Australian Law Reform Commission effective 28 November 2012.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne as Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and from the University of Oxford as Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class Honours). He was the Winter Williams Scholar (University of Oxford (1976)).

He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1976. After serving as Associate to Sir Ninian Stephen, then Justice of the High Court of Australia, he was called to the Bar in 1979 where he practised predominantly in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Resources Law and Commercial Law.

He was appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel for the State of Victoria in 1991 and subsequently became Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council.

His extra curial activities include being a former Council Member of The University of Melbourne, a member of The American Law Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Advisory Board and Judicial Liaison Committee, and Patron of the Oxford University Society in Victoria and an Honorary (Principal Fellow) of the University of Melbourne within Law.

He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services as a former Chairman of the Bar Council, to the community and to education.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2022 for significant service to the judiciary and to the law, and to professional associations.

Last updated June 2022