Susan Crennan

Honourable Justice AC QC

Judge and Lawyer

Susan Maree Crennan AC was appointed to the High Court of Australia in November 2005. At the time of her appointment she was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that office in February 2004. She was educated at the University of Melbourne (BA and PostgradDipHist) and the University of Sydney (LLB). Justice Crennan AC was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1979 and joined the Victorian Bar in 1980. She was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1989. Justice Crennan AC was President of the Australian Bar Association 1994-95, Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council in 1993-94, and a Commissioner for Human Rights in 1992. Justice Crennan AC was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2008.

Sources used to compile this entry: Kerwin, Hollie and Rubenstein, Kim, 'Law', in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia, Judith Smart and Shurlee Swain (eds), Australian Women's Archives Project, 2014,; Mezrani, Leanne, 'Photo gallery: Women with a lot to celebrate', Lawyers Weekly, 30 Mary 2014,; Susan Crennan interviewed by Ruth Campbell in the Law in Australian society oral history project [sound recording], 1996 - 1997, ORAL TRC 3438; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection;

Prepared by Larissa Halonkin