Collection

This collection provides access to the law school notebooks of Robin L. Sharwood, who studied at The University of Melbourne, and graduated in 1954.

Robin Sharwood (1931-2015)

Born on 22 June 1931, Professor Robin Sharwood’s life of law was marked by many milestones. Academically, he excelled – achieving his BA in 1953 and LLB a year later, graduating with first class honors and being awarded the Supreme Court Prize. Upon completion of articles at Norris, Coates & Hearle he was admitted to practise in 1955 and a life at the Bar was taken for granted. Professor Sharwood’s talents did not go unnoticed and he was appointed Independent Lecturer and research assistant to Professor Zelman Cowen, then Dean of Melbourne Law School. In 1956, he earned his LLM from University of California at Berkeley and was assistant lecturer in law at the London School of Economics before finally returning to a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Melbourne in 1958. After a stint at the Australian National University, he successfully defended his SJD at Harvard as Fulbright Scholar in 1962 before returning to the University of Melbourne and going on to become the Fourth Warden of Trinity College. After an extended period at the Law Foundation Sharwood once again returned to the University of Melbourne in 1984 where his lectures were attended by students and faculty alike. His life in academia was matched by his life of faith, having served the religious community of Melbourne in varying capacities as an Anglican layman. Sharwood was made an AM in 2000 and awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Melbourne in 2003.

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