The Hon Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth

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Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
Supreme Court of Victoria


Elizabeth Hollingworth holds BJuris (Hons) and LLB (Hons) degrees from the University of Western Australia, and a BCL degree from the University of Oxford. She was the first Australian woman lawyer to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

She worked as a litigation solicitor from 1987 until she joined the Victorian Bar in 1991.She then practised as a barrister and mediator in a wide range of commercial, common and administrative law litigation, and was appointed senior counsel in 2002.

Appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2004, she has sat in criminal and civil trials and appeals. She is currently the Deputy Principal Judge in the Court’s Criminal Division.

She is a current or past member of various committees and boards, including the International Commission of Jurists, the Council of Legal Education, the Forensic Leave Panel, the Public Interest Law Clearing House, and the Legal Profession Tribunal.

She has taught practitioners and students in a broad range of subjects, including advocacy, evidence, procedure, sentencing and legal writing. She has also taught in judgment writing courses for Australian and overseas judges. She has been a Senior Fellow in the JD and Melbourne Law Masters programs at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.


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