Professor Richard Chisholm AM


Professor Chisholm graduated from Sydney and Oxford universities. He was an academic at the University of New South Wales between 1970 and 1993 (Associate Professor and Head of School), and Judge of the Family Court of Australia between 1993 and 2004.

His publications include Understanding Law (LexisNexis 8th Ed 2012) (with Garth Nettheim and Helen Chisholm); LexisNexis service Australian Family Law, and numerous articles in the Australian Journal of Family Law.

He has continued research, publication and law reform activities since retiring from the bench in 2004. Recent projects include the Family Courts Violence Review (Attorney-General's Department, 2009) and a review of information-sharing protocols between the family law courts and child protection departments (2012, forthcoming).

Professor Chisholm was formerly a member of Family Law Council, New South Wales Law Reform Commission (reports on adoption, and expert witnesses), and a founding council member of the Aboriginal Legal Service in 1970.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Speaking Engagements

Professor Chisholm has presented at numerous family law conferences, including as plenary speaker at the National Family Law Conference, Hobart, 2012


  • Member Advisory Council, Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Honorary Consultant, Family Relationship Services Australia
Areas of expertise
Family Law
Children's Law
Academic Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (Sydney)
Bachelor of Laws (Sydney)
Bachelor of Civil Law (Oxford)
Professional Organisation
Australian National University, College of Law - Adjunct Professor
Authored by
'Understanding Law - 8th Edition'