National awards highlight UQ high achievers

5 February 2020

This is an image of several flags on the roof of the Forgan Smith building at UQNine people connected with The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) have received Australia Day 2020 Honours.

The annual awards celebrate Australian citizens who have achieved excellence in their field and made positive contributions to the nation through noteworthy acts of service.

BEL Faculty Deputy Executive Dean Professor Phil Bodman applauded the 2020 honourees – among them Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes AC, and School of Law Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM.

“These outstanding BEL alumni and staff have made a significant difference across a broad range of fields, including education, the judiciary, local government, business and the law,” Professor Bodman said.

“On behalf of the Faculty Executive, I would like to thank them all for being wonderful representatives of the University and Australia.”   

Head of the School of Law Professor Patrick Parkinson said he was delighted to see seven UQ law community members on the list, including Professor Cassimatis AM.

“Anthony is a legend at UQ for the quality of his teaching in international law to generations of students, and for his huge contribution to international law mooting,” Professor Parkinson said.

“He has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the work of legal education over a long period of time.

“Congratulations to Anthony and all of our honourees on their well-deserved accolades.”

Other UQ recipients included philanthropist and clinical haematologist Dr Paul Eliadis AM and Triple P founder Professor Matt Sanders AO.

Congratulations to the 2020 BEL honourees:


Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland | Doctor of Laws (honorary) (2016), Master of Laws (Advanced) (1998), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1989), Bachelor of Arts (1985), Bachelor of Laws (1980) 

For eminent service to the judiciary, notably to criminal, administrative, and mental health law, and to the community of Queensland.


Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Her Honour Judge Sarah Bradley AO, former Judge of the District Court of Queensland | Bachelor of Laws (1978), Bachelor of Arts (1976)

For distinguished service to the law, and to the judiciary, to women in the legal profession, and to the community.

The Honourable Campbell Newman AO, former Premier of Queensland and Lord Mayor of Brisbane | Master of Business Administration (1992)

For distinguished service to the people and Parliament of Queensland, particularly as Premier, and to local government.


Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM, Professor at the School of Law, Director of the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, and coach of the Jessup moot team | Doctor of Philosophy (2004), Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (1988), Bachelor of Arts (1985)

For significant service to education, to the law, and to the community.

George Fox AM, Director of Fox and Company Lawyers | Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (1975), Bachelor of Commerce (1973)

For significant service to the law, to professional legal organisations, and to the community.

Dr Barry Kelly AM, Chairman of JKTech Pty Ltd and former Non-Executive Director of Planet Metals Limited | Doctor of Business (honorary) (2012), Bachelor of Commerce (1974)

For significant service to the mining and minerals sectors, and to business.

Ken MacDonald AM, former consultant at Allens | Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (1974), Bachelor of Laws (1973), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1971)

For significant service to the law, and to the legal profession.

David Paratz AM, Life Governor of the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies | Bachelor of Laws (1979), Bachelor of Arts (1977)

For significant service to the Jewish community of Queensland, and to the law.


Public Service Medal (PSM)

Greg Shanahan PSM, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of Justice | Bachelor of Laws (1994)

For outstanding public service to the justice system in the Northern Territory.


View the full list of Australia Day 2020 Honours recipients.

Contact: BEL Communications, media@bel.uq.edu.au, 07) 3346 9349.

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