The Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides



The Honourable Anthe Philippides has contributed almost 40 years of distinguished service to the law in Queensland, alongside a lifetime of unwavering advocacy for the arts and for First Nations peoples and diversity and inclusion. 

Graduating from UQ with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1982 with first class honours and the University Medal, Justice Philippides was UQ’s first law graduate to receive a British Council Commonwealth Scholarship to study a Master of Law at Cambridge University. 

She was the first woman of non-Anglo-Celtic background admitted as a barrister in Queensland in 1984 and to attain silk in Australia in 1999. Practicing in commercial law and specialising in maritime law, Justice Philippides established the first Queensland maritime law course and became the first woman President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. 

Her appointments as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2000, and Judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal in December 2014, marked the first appointments in Australia of a woman of immigrant parents to a Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. During her judicial career, she was President of the Mental Health Court and the Land Appeal Court.

Justice Philippides has been a passionate champion of the arts, including as a Patron of The Legal Forecast Creative and Lawchestra Q, which promote the value of arts engagement for the mental wellbeing of legal professionals. She is also Chair of Flying Arts and a director of Musica Viva Australia. 

Throughout her career, Justice Philippides has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the law and arts, including supporting First Nations peoples. She has mentored First Nations students and lawyers, spoken at NAIDOC and Reconciliation events, and served on the Steering Committee of the Aboriginal English in Courts Project. 

Justice Philippides has also partnered with arts organisations including the Yugambeh Youth Choir, Queensland Music Festival, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata and UQ Art Museum to support First Nations artists. In 2017, she founded the Music and Arts Circle to provide high-quality arts experiences to First Nations legal professionals and others from diverse backgrounds.

She is a Titular Member of the Comite Maritime Internationale, Queensland Patron of the Hellenic lawyers Association and served as Honorary Consul for Cyprus in Brisbane.  

On retiring in 2021, Justice Philippides became an Adjunct Professor at UQ Law School, where she mentors First Nations students and LEAD scholars and fosters greater engagement between arts and the law. 

Chancellor, I present to you the Honourable Anthe Philippides SC, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours of this University and Master of Law of Cambridge University and fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, for the award of Doctor of the University honoris causa, bestowed by the Senate of The University of Queensland. 



Doctor of University honoris causa


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Bachelor of Laws