The Hon Mark Weinberg AO QC Special Investigator, Office of the Special Investigator, on 21 July delivered the 2022 HAL Victorian Chapter Oration on the topic “The Investigation and Prosecution in Australia of Alleged War Crimes”.
The Hon Mark Weinberg AO QC was admitted to practice in New South Wales in 1974, and in Victoria in 1975.
In 1975 he joined the academic staff of the University of Melbourne, where he held various positions in the Faculty of Law, culminating in Dean of the Faculty from 1984 to 1985. He was Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1988 to 1991.
Mark Weinberg was appointed to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria in July 2008.
His Honour was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1998 to 2008 and previously held a series of additional judicial and other appointments.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017. He was awarded the degree of LLD (Honoris Causa) by Monash University in October 2017.
Mark Weinberg was appointed a Reserve Judge of the Court of Appeal from 8 May 2018, and continued to sit regularly, and on a full-time basis, until his appointment by the Australian Government as the Special Investigator.
The Office of the Special Investigator (OSI) is working with the Australian Federal Police to investigate allegations of criminal conduct related to breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by members of the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2016.
The Special Investigator and the OSI provide strategic advice on investigative strategies, prioritisation and resourcing to the joint investigation.