James Edelman has been appointed judge of the Federal Court of Australia. The Hon Justice Edelman (Magdalen 1998) was a Rhodes Scholar and obtained his DPhil in Law in 2001, before becoming a Professor of the Law of Obligations at the Oxford Faculty of Law in 2008.

James told Oxford Law News: 'Leaving the Law Faculty at Oxford to return to Australia to the Supreme Court of Western Australia was a heart-wrenching decision. But the enterprise and profession of law and learning crosses all formal boundaries. So the last few years have seen numerous former colleagues and students visit Perth often to teach at UWA, and many of them staying with us. Seminar discussion groups became a lot smaller (sometimes over breakfast) but they have been just as dynamic. I hope they will all continue in Brisbane.'