Mr Ernst Willheim

ANU College of Law
T: +61 2 6125 2144

Areas of expertise

  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law 180101
  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • Access To Justice 180102
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • History And Philosophy Of Law And Justice 220204
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation 180122
  • Law 1801


Ernst Willheim is a Visiting Fellow. Between 1967 and 1998 he worked for the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department where he headed several policy and professional Divisions, led Australian delegations to international conferences and appeared as counsel for the Commonwealth in the High Court and other appellate courts. Since joining the University as a Visitor he has undertaken research in several public law areas including native title, racial discrimination administrative law, judicial accountability, constitutional law, international law, sovereign immunity, refugees, access to courts and the role of amicus. He has published widely particularly in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, international law, environmental law and Aboriginal issues. Ernst has also made submissions to Parliamentary Committees, given numerous media interviews, appeared as counsel on a pro bono basis and prepared a successful complaint to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on behalf of an Aboriginal Australian.


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