We are truly delighted that the Chair of the Victoria Law Foundation, the Honourable Hartley Hansen QC, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours.
Hartley has been recognised for ‘significant service to the law, and to professional associations’ after decades of valuable contribution to the legal profession and other fields.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984 and to the Supreme Court ten years later, where he sat in all jurisdictions over 18 years, with a particular focus on commercial and tax law.
Hartley retired formally as a judge in 2012 and served as a Reserve Judge until 2018.
Hartley has chaired the Foundation since 2014 and has made an indelible impact on our work, particularly in navigating the change to our governing legislation and the introduction of our research function.
He has also made significant contributions outside the law, including as Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee of Melbourne Health, and as a member of the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee.
This award is well deserved recognition of Hartley’s enduring commitment to the law and the Victorian community. We extend our warmest congratulations.