Welcome to the Australian Academy of Law
The Australian Academy of Law (sometimes called the AAL) is a broadly based body, comprising individuals of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law who are committed to the advancement of that discipline and to justice according to law in Australia.
The AAL's members (Fellows) are drawn from all parts of the legal community, including academia, the practising profession (including private and public sectors), and the judiciary.
The Academy provides a forum for cooperation, collaboration, constructive debate and exchange of views.
A distinctive feature of the Academy is that its Fellows, and therefore the Academy itself, provide a "bridge" that links, indeed unites, the judiciary, academia and the practising profession through shared values and objectives.
The AAL was established in 2007 with discussions first taking place at the Council of Australian Law Deans. This was followed by the Australian Law Reform Commission's report, Managing Justice: a review of the federal justice system (ALRC 89, 2000), which recommended the establishment of the Academy.
The Academy had 35 foundation Fellows, and as at 20 October 2016 it had 308 Fellows, five Life Fellows and eleven Overseas Fellow.