The Honourable Justice Glen Williams


Honorary award citation

Supreme Court Judge of Appeal the Hon. Justice Glen Williams will be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws and address law graduates at a UQ graduation ceremony on Tuesday, December 16.
The University’s governing Senate has awarded the degree to recognise Justice Williams’ distinguished career in law and for his contribution to the University.

Justice Williams was admitted as a barrister in 1962 after completing Arts and Law degrees, both with first class honours, at UQ. In 1978 he became a Queens Counsel. In 1982, Justice Williams was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland and was appointed to the Solomon Islands Court of Appeal in 1993. He has served as a member or chairperson for a number of organisations, including the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, and the Queensland Law Reform Commission (1976 – 1989).

He chaired the Queensland Law Reform Commission between 1993 and 1996. He was appointed the president of the Industrial Court of Queensland in 1998. Justice was the Vice-president to the Judges Forum, International Bar Association between 1996 and 1999, and was appointed chair in 1999, a position he currently holds. He has also been a member of several committees which have reviewed rules of procedure and the adoption of case management techniques. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2000. Justice Williams has been a committed member of the University’s Alumni, raising the profile of UQ’s T.C. Beirne School of Law in the legal profession. He played a key role in fundraising activities including fundraising for the Chair in Law.


Doctor of Laws honoris causa