Richard Garnett has a LLM from Harvard University where he was a Fulbright and Lionel Murphy scholar. In 2020 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of Melbourne for a body of published work that constitutes 'a substantial and original contribution to legal scholarship' and demonstrates 'authoritative standing in the field of study'. The LLD is the highest degree offered by the University of Melbourne Law School.
Richard's major research interests are in the areas of conflict laws, public and private international law and international commercial arbitration. He has published books and articles in major international journals in these fields, a number of which have been cited by leading international tribunals such as the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the English Court of Appeal, Singapore Court of Appeal, US federal courts and Israeli and New Zealand tribunals. Richard has also acted as a legal advisor and counsel in private international law and international commercial arbitration matters before Australian and international tribunals, including the High Court of Australia. He is currently a consultant in international disputes and arbitration at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Other positions Richard has held include: Expert advisor to the Australian Government delegation at the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Conventions on Choice of Court Agreements and Foreign Judgements), Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Advisor to the American Law Institute in its project on transnational intellectual property adjudication, co-rapporteur on the International Law Association (ILA) project on transnational group actions and Consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the Commonwealth Judiciary Act. Richard is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.