Melissa Anne Perry is a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.[1]

Melissa Anne Perry
Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
Assumed office
23 September 2013
Personal details
EducationUniversity of Adelaide
University of Cambridge

Early Life and educationEdit

Perry attended Walford Anglican School for Girls.[2] Perry then graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws with first class Honours.[3] Perry studied at the University of Cambridge where she was awarded an LLM and PhD in public international law. Her doctorate on State succession, boundaries and territorial regimes was awarded the Yorke Prize.[4]


Perry practiced at the Bar in Australia from 1992 to 2013, and was appointed Queen's Counsel for South Australia in 2004.[4] Perry was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012.[4]

Perry was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia on 23 September 2013.[4] Perry also serves as an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal, and a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.[4]

Perry is a Foundation Fellow and former Director of the Australian Academy of Law, and is also the Patron for the NSW Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association.[4]


  • “The Duality of Water: Conflict or Co-operation” (2018 Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law, Australian National University College of Law, Centre for International and Public Law) (to be published in Volume 36, Australian Year Book of International Law at p. 3-27 (forthcoming))
  • Melissa Perry and Stephen Lloyd (eds), Australian Native Title Law (2018, 2nd ed, Lawbook Co)
  • Melissa Perry, “iDecide: Administrative Decision-Making in the Digital World” (2017) 91 Australian Law Journal 29
  • "The High Court and Dynamic Federalism" in Kildea, Lynch & Williams (eds), Tomorrow’s Federation; Reforming Australian Government (2012)
  • “Native Title” in Freckelton and Selby (eds), Appealing to the Future: Michael Kirby and his Legacy (2009)
  • Melissa Perry and Stephen Lloyd, Australian Native Title Law (2003, 1st ed, Lawbook Co)
  • "Chapter III and the Powers of Non-Judicial Tribunals" in Stone and Williams (eds), The High Court at the Crossroads (2000, Federation Press)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Justice Perry". Federal Court of Australia. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ Perry, Justice (23 September 2013). "Ceremonial sitting of the Full Court for the swearing in and welcome of the Honourable Justice Perry". Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Advisory Board | Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics | University of Adelaide". Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Biography of Justice Perry". 23 September 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2019.