The Hon John Dowd AO QC is committed to advancing the global cause of human rights. A former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Attorney-General and Leader of the New South Wales Opposition, holds a number of appointments within Australia and internationally.
John Dowd is Chancellor of Southern Cross University; Deputy President of the New South Wales Mental Health Review Tribunal; Vice-President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva; President, International Commission of Jurists Australia; Goodwill Ambassador, Cerebral Palsy Alliance; and President, ActionAid Australia (formerly Austcare).
In 1977 he was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, in 1982 he was created a Knight Commander of the Filipino Order of the Knights of Rizal and in 1992 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. John Dowd was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 and the Australian National Service and Defence Jubilee medal in 2008. In August 2009 he was invested with the Insignia of the Order of Timor L’este.