Justice Clyde Croft


Justice Croft practised extensively in property and commercial law prior to his appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2009 and was an arbitrator and mediator in property, construction and commercial disputes, both domestically and internationally.

He was an Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA) Grade 1 Arbitrator, a member of the IAMA Australian and international panel of commercial arbitrators, a member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) panels of international arbitrators; and has represented APRAG at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) International Arbitration Working Group Sessions from 2005 until 2010.

He was also the IAMA National President (1997-2000) and was an IAMA National Councilor and IAMA Vice-President until his appointment to the Supreme Court. Justice Croft was also the Treasurer, a Director and a Fellow of ACICA.

He was an accredited mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (and a Victorian Bar and IAMA Accredited Mediator) and a Sessional Member, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He is the author, or co-author, of leading texts in the property, equity, leasing, securities and commercial law fields and of numerous articles and conference papers on commercial arbitration (domestic and international) and property and commercial law subjects.

Justice Croft is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Deakin University, Melbourne. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Awards & Recognition

  • Life Fellow of IAMA
  • Life Fellow of ACICA
  • Judicial Fellow of AMINZ
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Formerly a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)


Justice Croft is presently a member of the Hague Conference on Private
International Law Working Group on Choice of Law in International Contracts.

Areas of expertise
Property Law
Leases & Tenancies
Commercial Law
Construction Law
Academic Qualifications
Bachelor of Economics (Monash)
Bachelor of Laws (Monash)
Master of Laws (Monash)
Doctor of Philosophy, Law (Cambridge)
Professional Organisation
Supreme Court of Victoria, Commercial Court