Stephen Donaghue


Stephen Donaghue

1997 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Stephen Donaghue graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts. Stephen earned several awards including the Supreme Court Prize. After graduation, he became an articled clerk at Minter Ellison.

Stephen was awarded the Scholarship to complete a DPhil at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

Studied at: University of Oxford

Current Biography

Dr Stephen Donaghue QC was appointed Solicitor-General on 14 December 2016 and commenced in the role on 16 January 2017. He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, and received the Supreme Court Prize as the top graduate in law at the University of Melbourne in 1995. He also holds a DPhil from Oxford University (Magdalen College), where he studied after receiving Menzies and Commonwealth scholarships. Prior to commencing at the Bar, Dr Donaghue was an Associate to Justice Hayne at the High Court of Australia.

Dr Donaghue joined the Victorian Bar in 2001, and took silk in 2011. He appeared regularly before the Full Court of the High Court, principally in matters involving constitutional and administrative law, and he also appeared in many complex appellate and trial matters in the Federal Court of Australia.

He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School. Prior to his appointment, he was also the Chair of the Public Law Section of the Commercial Bar Association and a member of the Constitutional Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Scholarship Year: 1997

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