The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1979 and to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1982. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Justice of the Federal Court of Australia in 1988.
He has been a Professional Fellow of the University of Melbourne since 2003 and an Officer of the Order of Australia since 1991. He consulted on child protection and child justice systems to Royal Children’s Hospital International Vietnam from 2009-2010 and to UNICEF Vietnam in 2014. He was on the Chair of Children’s Rights International, and has been a Patron of International Social Services Australia since 2007.
Alastair has had a long association with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation as Chair of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) a peak body of bullying experts managed by the Foundation.
In his position as Chair (2002–2016) Alastair worked to establish the body and its biennial international conference promoting for the rights of young people and bullying.
Alastair is committed to advocating the need for changes to the law around bullying and bringing required changes to the attention of government and policy makers.
In his view, children and communities need clear definitions of bullying and cyberbullying and that these need to appear in legislation to provide clarity for young people and boundaries for their behaviour.
“I have always been concerned with advancing the rights of children.
“I am thrilled to continue my involvement with Foundation and with the important work they do to support children, in so many different community settings.
“The Foundation and those associated with it have become very much part of my life over the last 15 years and I am delighted to have the opportunity for that association to continue,” Alastair said.
“Alastair exemplifies what this Foundation stands for,” Lesley Podesta said. “It is a privilege to have him continue his amazing body of work with the Foundation”.
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