Dr James Popple

Honorary Professor
ANU College of Law, ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics, and ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
T: 02 6243 4611

Areas of expertise

  • Expert Systems 080105
  • Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing 0801
  • Administrative Law 180103
  • Civil Law And Procedure 180104
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120

Research interests

  • artificial intelligence and law
  • legal expert systems
  • IT law
  • court technology
  • freedom of information


Dr James Popple is the CEO of the Law Council of Australia.

James was previously Official Secretary to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.  He was also the inaugural Freedom of Information Commissioner, a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and a member of the ACT Remuneration Tribunal.  Before that, James worked for 12 years in the Australian Attorney-General's Department.  Before joining AGD, he was a judge's associate, then Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Australia.

James has degrees in law and arts, and is admitted as a barrister and a solicitor.  He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Director of the AustLII Foundation Ltd, and an Honorary Professor of the Australian National University (in the College of Law and the College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics) where he conducted his doctoral research in artificial intelligence and the law.



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