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Terry Carney AO

Terry Carney AO

'Terry Carney became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his 'distinguished service to higher education as an academic, researcher and author, to the law and social welfare, and through leadership roles with national and international legal organisations' .

Terry is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, where he was a long-serving Director of Research and past Head of Department. He has been lecturing and conducting research at various universities since the early 1970s, and has written a dozen books/monographs and more than 200 academic papers.

His extensive involvement in the legal community includes roles on the board of the Centre for Plain Legal Language and President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and as Chief Investigator on several Australian Research Council-funded projects, including a review of mental health tribunals in NSW, ACT and Victoria.

The Australasian Law Teachers’ Association, Australian Institute of Family Studies, National Advisory Council on Social Welfare and Victorian Child Welfare Practice and Legislation Review Committee are among the many groups he has served as Chairman.

Terry was a Founding Director of the National Children and Youth Law Centre from 1992 to 2002. He also oversaw the writing of the Social Security Act 1991 and is the longest serving member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal(now a division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal).

Terry said, 'he had fond memories of the diverse backgrounds of fellow Collegians, a focus on social justice values, and a program which catered to a wide range of capacities, from music and theatre, to the House of Guilds and athletics'.

Details of his award of Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 are as follows:

Emeritus Professor, Department of Law, University of Sydney, since 2011; Director of Research, 1999-2010; Head, 1992-1995; Professor, 1991-2012; Board Member, Centre for Plain Legal Language, 1991-1996.
Visiting Research Professor, University of Technology Sydney, current
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University, 1987-1990; Senior Lecturer, 1981-1986; Lecturer, 1974-1980; Senior Teaching Fellow, 1972-1973.

Chief Investigator on several Australian Research Council funded projects, including: 'Legal and Ethical Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza' and 'National Registration of Health Practitioners: A Comparative Study of the Complaints and Notification System Under the National System and in NSW'

Author of a range of publications including; twelve books/monographs, and 200 academic papers and Editorial Board Member of a range of legal journals.

Board Member, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, since 2007; President, 2005-2007; President Elect, 2003-2005; 2nd Vice-President 2001-2003; Secretary General, 1998-2001; Chair, Organising Committee, 28th Congress Sydney, 2003.
Australian Reporter, Max Planck Institute on Foreign and International Social Law, current.
Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal, since 1976-1978, and since 1981.
Lead Investigator, Review of Mental Health Tribunals in NSW, ACT and Victoria, Law and Justice Foundation, 2009-2014.
Founding Director, National Children and Youth Law Centre, 1992-2002.
Chairperson, Australasian Law Teachers' Association, 1996-1999.
Chairman, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1990-1995.
Principal Scholarly Adviser, Social Security Advisory Council, Social Security Act, 1988-1992, and Chair of Working Party.
Chairman, National Advisory Council on Social Welfare, 1986-1987.
Member, Victorian Health Legislation Review Committee, 1986-1987.
Chairman, Victorian Child Welfare Practice and Legislation Review Committee, 1982-1984.
Member, Victorian Committee on Law and the Intellectually Handicapped, 1980-1982.
Fellow, Australian Academy of Law.

Recognition includes:
University of Sydney, Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Supervision, 2005.

Sources: Ad Astra December 2015 p52; . OGC 1960.
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