His Excellency the Hon DAVID ANTHONY HUNT AO


Date of Birth : 15 February 1935, Sydney, Australia

Education: University of Queensland, Australia - Bachelor of Arts, 1956, Bachelor of Laws, 1958.

Professional Career:

1958 - Admitted as a Barrister

1975 - Appointed as Queen's Counsel

1976-1977 - ..Senior Counsel assisting Commissioner in a Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons

Appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. This is the highest court in New South Wales, with unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases.

Mr Justice Hunt regularly presided in complex and high profile criminal trials.These included the trial of a Justice of the High Court of Australia for attempting to pervert the course of justice (1986), the trial for the importation of the then record amount of heroin (1989) and the high profile trial of a serial killer involving international victims (1996).

1991 - Appointed as Chief Judge at Common Law in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

The position as Chief Judge includes administrative responsibilities for the operation of the Criminal and Common Law (civil claims) Divisions of the Court. As Chief Judge, Mr Justice Hunt sat almost falltime in the Court of Criminal Appeal, usually as the senior judge. The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal deals with more than fifty per cent of all appellate criminal work throughout Australia. Further appeals are available only pursuant to leave granted by the High Court of Australia.

1998 (March) - Retired from the Supreme Court of New South Wales, aged sixty three.

International Criminal Law

1998 to present - In October 1998, the Hon David Hunt was elected, on the nomination of Australia, as a judge of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He assumed office as such a judge on 16 November 1998, and was assigned to Trial Chamber IL However, as Trial Chamber 11 was in the course *of a trial at the time, Judge Hunt was temporarily assigned to the Appeals Chamber, where he participated in many interlocutory, appeals and appeals against conviction, as well in a number of interlocutory applications in cases awaiting trial in Trial Chamber II. In February 2000, following the retirement of Judge Antonio Cassese, Judge Hunt was elected as Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber H. As such Presiding Judge, Judge Hunt was a member of the Tribunal's Bureau, a body which advises the President of the Tribunal on all major questions relating to the functioning of the Tribunal.

In 2001, Judge Hunt was re-elected as a judge of the Tribunal for as further term of four years, which commenced on 16 November that year. He was assigned to the Appeals Chamber, where he is third in seniority (after the President and VicePresident of the Tribunal). In accordance with the Statute of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, he also became a judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Rwanda Tribunal, with the same seniority.

Law Reform; Judicial Policy Work

1992-1999 Part-time Commissioner with the Law Reforin Commission of New South Wales, taking part in the preparation of Discussion Papers and Reports dealing with criminal law issues, including proposals to reform the partial defences to murder leading to a reduction of the crime to manslaughter (such as provocation and diminished responsibility) and the accused's right to silence.

1998 (March- October) Consultant with the Judicial Commission of New South Wales on a project for revision of the directions to be given to juries in criminal trials.

Language: English

Marital Status: Married (1959); three sons.

Usual Place of Residence: Sydney, Australia

Present Place of Residence: The Hague, The Netherlands

Decoration: Created an Officer of the Order of Australia (A0) in January 2000, for service to the judiciary, to the law and to the community, particularly in the areas of criminal law, the law of defamation, and international law in defence of human rights.