The Honourable Dr Ian Callinan AC QC


Honorary award citation

Mr Callinan will receive Doctors of Laws honoris causa award which acknowledges his significant contributions in the fields of law and the Arts.

Mr Callinan has made substantial contributions to the Australian justice system during his legal career, and as a playwright, author, art enthusiast and arts patron he has added to Australia’s cultural development.

He is an Adjunct Professor at UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law, and Patron of the Friends of UQ’s Fryer Library.

Mr Callinan was the first member of his family to undertake tertiary study. He completed a Bachelor of Laws at UQ in 1960 and practised as a solicitor for five years until being admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1965.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1978 and served on the High Court between 1998 and 2007.

In 2007, he was appointed to conduct a Commission of Inquiry into equine influenza, and the Federal Government adopted all 38 of his report’s recommendations.


Doctor of Laws honoris causa