Justice Susan Crennan was appointed to the High Court of Australia in November 2005. She had then served for almost two years as a judge on the Federal Court. Justice Crennan has degrees in arts and law and a postgraduate diploma in history. She is an influential supporter of the humanities.
Before her appointment as a judge, Justice Crennan was a barrister for 24 years, 14 of them as Queen’s Counsel. After being appointed Queen’s Counsel, Justice Crennan became chair of the Victorian Bar Council, then president of the Australian Bar Association. She was the first woman to occupy each of those positions.
Justice Crennan was also a Commonwealth Commissioner for Human Rights.