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16 March 2017

Judge Paul Howard, President of the Law Alumni QUT Chapter will use his Fulbright Scholarship to research access to justice.

Graduating from QIT with a Bachelor of Laws in 1986, Judge Howard worked as a Solicitor before being called to the Bar in 1990. Specialising in Common Law, Succession Law and Family Law, he practised as a Barrister in Brisbane before being appointed to the Federal Judiciary in July 2007.

Each year, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission awards scholarships sponsored by the U.S. and Australian governments and other institutional and business partners, private bequests and endowments.

Judge Howard will use his extensive experience as a federal judge to research funding issues in relation to federal trial courts. The Federal Circuit Court of Australia is the busiest federal trial court in the country, circuiting regularly to rural and regional Australia - including Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Lismore, Tamworth, Armidale, Dubbo and Shepparton - to name but a few.

“All Australians – whether they are living in the capital cities or in rural and regional Australia - deserve to have prompt access to justice. My research in the United States will focus on the interaction between the federal Judiciary and the U.S. Congress – in relation to the formulation of the budget each year for the federal courts,” said Judge Howard.

At the conclusion of this research, Judge Howard intends formulating a proposal which is suitable to the Australian federal landscape and which will deliver improved access to justice by providing a more focused approach to the resourcing of the Australian federal trial courts.

Associate Professor Judith McNamara congratulated Judge Howard on being awarded this prestigious scholarship.

“The award reflects Judge Howard's professional excellence. His important research project has the potential to inform improvement to the ability of the Courts to provide access to justice in Australia,” she said.

Judge Howard will travel to the United States in early 2018. He will be primarily based at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington DC and will also spend time researching at Harvard University in Cambridge.

We wish Judge Howard the best of luck with his research.

QUT Faculty of Law

Judge Paul Howard