The Honourable Justice Andrew Greenwood

The Honourable Justice Andrew Greenwood is regarded as one of the nation’s most outstanding commercial law judges, who has made significant and sustained contributions to The University of Queensland and the community during his distinguished career.

After graduating from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1976, Justice Greenwood was admitted to practice in February 1976, and joined Morris Fletcher and Cross in 1977 as a solicitor, before being appointed as a partner at the age of only 28.

For more than 30 years, Justice Greenwood practised extensively in commercial litigation, intellectual property, and competition law in Queensland as a Partner of Minter Ellison Lawyers, Group Head responsible for dispute resolution, a member of the National Partnership Board of the firm, and Chairman of the Brisbane Partners.

In 1995, he was selected by Federal Treasury on behalf of the Council of Australian Governments to brief each State and Territory Government on the transition for each jurisdiction to the National Competition Policy Reforms recommended by the Hilmer Report.

His Honour’s lengthy and distinguished career was recognised in 2005 when he was elevated to the Bench as a Federal Court Judge.

He has particularly provided service to the State of Queensland, including serving as Queensland Chair of the Trade Practices Committee of the Law Council of Australia, as Queensland Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia, as Chairman of Directors of the Queensland Water Corporation, as Deputy Chair of the Queensland Electricity Commission, and as a member of the Management Committee of Brisbane Writers’ Festival.

His Honour is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a member of a number of the Court’s National Panels. He is also the President of the Australian Copyright Tribunal, has served as Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal, and is a Presidential Member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 

Internationally, he has also contributed his expertise as a member of panels such as the Antitrust Committee of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Continuing his long association with The University of Queensland, Justice Greenwood was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in Competition Law and Intellectual Property Law in the early 2000s and has continued to provide his expertise and support to the TC Beirne School of Law in the two decades since, including serving on the Dean’s Advisory Committee from 2013 and later chairing that Committee for several years.

Over the years, the TC Beirne School of Law has benefited greatly from Justice Greenwood’s generosity in making the Federal Court’s facilities available to the Law School for a variety of activities including the Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture Series, field trips for domestic and international students, and numerous mooting competitions.

Awards

Doctor of Laws honoris causa
2021
The Honourable Justice Andrew Greenwood

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts
1973
Bachelor of Laws
1976