The Honourable Dr Margaret White AO

Dr Margaret White is a lawyer and academic known for her contributions as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1966. In the early years of her career she worked as an academic, a research assistant and a consultant in international law.

After moving to Queensland, she taught law at UQ for several years before being admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1978. In 1992, Dr White became the first woman appointed as a judge in the Supreme Court of Queensland. In 2010 she was appointed to the Queensland Court of Appeal. She was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013, the same year she retired.

She was a member of the UQ Senate from 1993 until 2009, and Deputy Chancellor from 2006 until 2009. In 2005, the University awarded her a Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Dr White also had a distinguished military career, and was the first member of the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service Reserve (WRANSR) upon its revival in 1968. She served as Commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve from 2002-2010, and was deputy president of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal (Cth).


Doctor of Laws honoris causa