The Hon Duncan James Colquhoun KERR, Chev LH
Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 10.5.2012
Justice Kerr became a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in May 2012.
He also served as President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from May 2012 to May 2017 and was Chair of the Council of Australasian Tribunals from 2013 to 2017.
Before his appointment to the Federal Court he practised as a barrister and specialised in public law, constitutional and administrative law, refugee and human rights law and appellate work. Justice Kerr was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. He was Adjunct Professor of Law, Queensland University of Technology and President of Greening Australia Ltd.
Justice Kerr served in the Commonwealth of Parliament as the member for Denison for 23 years (1987-2010). He was Attorney-General (1993) and Minister for Justice (1993-1996) in the Keating Government and Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs (2007-2009) in the Rudd Government.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Justice Kerr had served as Crown Counsel for the State of Tasmania, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Papua New Guinea and Principal Solicitor for the Aboriginal Legal Services (NSW).