Justice Stephen Gageler
2pm Saturday 13 April - Faculty of Business and Law
Justice Stephen Gageler is a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Born and raised in the Upper Hunter village of Sandy Hollow, he has risen through the judicial ranks to become one of Australia’s eminent barristers, a highly respected member of the New South Wales Bar, and a legal adviser at the highest levels.
Previously the Solicitor-General of Australia - the Commonwealth's second-ranking law officer - Justice Gagler is the 49th appointment to the High Court since it was established in 1903.
He earned a Bachelor of Economics in 1980 from the Australian National University and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws in 1982 before completing his Master of Laws at Harvard University in 1987.
Early in his career, Justice Gageler was an Associate to Sir Anthony Mason, a former Justice and Chief Justice of the High Court. It is Sir Mason’s seat that Justice Gageler now holds and is the position originally held by Australia’s first prime minister, Sir Edmund Barton.
Upon his return from Harvard Law School, Justice Gageler worked for 20 years as a barrister specialising in constitutional, administrative, revenue and commercial law.
In 2008 he was appointed Solicitor-General of Australia, advising the Government and appearing as counsel in significant cases including the ‘Malaysia solution’ and the cigarette plain packaging laws.
Justice Gageler’s appointment as a Justice of the High Court of Australia was announced in August 2012 and he commenced his role in October the same year.
Away from the courtroom, Justice Gageler revels in being a family man, father-of-three, practicing Christian and a Taekwondo black belt.