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Ned Aughterson
William Forster Chambers

Level 1
26 Harry Chan Avenue

PO Box 4369

Tel: 08 8982 4700
Fax: 08 8941 1541

Ned Aughterson

Year and Place of First Admission

1977, Queensland

Other Jurisdictions

High Court, Federal Courts and Tribunals, Northern Territory, Victoria, Western Australia

Degrees and Appointments

  • LLB (Hons) (Qld), LLM (Advanced) (Qld), PhD (Qld)
  • Accredited Mediator (LEADR)
  • Professor and Head of School of Law, Charles Darwin University (2013-)
  • Emeritus Professor, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (2012-)
  • Honorary Professor of Law, Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Beijing (2008-)
  • Member, Overseas Lawyers Qualifications Panel, Law Society of Hong Kong (2010)
  • Member, Northern Territory Supreme Court Centenary Committee (2007-2011)
  • Professor of Law, Shue Yan University, Hong Kong (2007-2011)
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow, Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, University of Wollongong (2007)
  • Chair, Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee, Northern Territory Division, and Member, Red Cross Northern Territory Divisional Council (2004-2007)
  • President, Australasian Law Teachers Association (2004)
  • Member, Northern Territory Legal Practitioners’ Admissions Board (1998)
  • Visiting Scholar, Max-Planck Institute Fur Auslandisches und Internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Germany (1996)
  • Foundation Dean, Faculty of Law, Northern Territory University (1992-1996)
  • Foundation Professor of Law, Northern Territory University (1990)


Areas of Practice

Administrative and Public Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation, Appeals, Commercial law, Company law, Constitutional law, Contract Law,  Engineering and Construction Law, Equity and Trusts, Extradition, Injunctions, Inquiries, International Law, Insurance, Licensing, Negligence, Professional Services, Property Law, Trade Practices

Mediation and ADR

Ned is an accredited mediator and has conducted mediations in Darwin and Sydney. He has also been a coach at mediation workshops, and from 1989 to 1996 was Chair of the Panel of Conciliators of the Northern Territory University.


Ned has appeared as counsel in trial and appellate courts, and in both criminal and civil matters, in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory, and before the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. After admission as a barrister in Queensland, Ned practised at the Queensland Bar full-time and then part-time (concurrently with holding an academic position at the University of Queensland) for 8 years, before moving to Darwin in late 1986. Since that time, Ned has practised at the Northern Territory Bar largely on a part time basis (concurrently with holding an academic appointment at the Northern Territory university), but also with periods of full-time practice. During the periods of full-time practice, Ned also appeared as counsel in a number of extradition cases, including some high profile cases, in the southern States. He has been a Consultant to the Subordinate Legislation and Publications Committee of the Parliament of the Northern Territory since 2005 and, in 2004-2005, was a Consultant to the Northern Territory Government Working Party constituted to consider aspects of the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction.

Books, Chapters & Editorships

In addition to journal articles and papers, principally in the areas of criminal law, property law, and international law, Ned has published books and chapters and has held editorial positions as follows:

  • Extradition: Australian Law and Procedure, Law Book Co., 1995
  • Summary Justice, Queensland, Commentary to Ward and Kelly’s ‘Summary Justice’, Law Book Co., 1983 (with RG Kenny)
  • Jurisdictional Enforcement: Introduction, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Procedure, Part 11.10, Chapter 1, pp 7-9
  • International Extradition, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Procedure, Part 11.10, Chapter 2, pp 11-51
  • Inter-jurisdictional enforcement of Sentences: Introduction, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Sentencing and Confiscation, Part 12.11, Chapter 1
  • Inter-jurisdictional enforcement of Sentences, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Sentencing and Confiscation, Part 12.11, Chapter 2
  • Transfer of Prisoners, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Sentencing and Confiscation, Part 12.11, Chapter 4
  • The Extradition Process: an Unreviewable Executive Discretion?, (2005) 24 The Australian Year Book of International Law 13
  • International Cooperation in the Extradition of Fugitives: Trends and Developments, Shantou University Book of Essays, China, 2008
  • Inter-jurisdictional Enforcement, in ‘Laws of Australia’, 2010
  • Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Cumulative Supplement, Assistant Editor, 1985 – 1987
  • Northern Territory Council of Law Reporting, Editor, 1992-1996
  • LAWASIA Journal, General Editor, 1998-2003
  • Northern Territory Law Journal, General Editor, 2006-2008