Vale Judge James Richard Crawford

The South Australian Government wishes to pass its condolences on to the family, friends and esteemed colleagues of James Richard Crawford LLD, FBA, AC, SC, Judge of the International Court of Justice.

A distinguished international lawyer, academic, teacher and mentor, Judge Crawford has made an unparalleled contribution to the legal community, both nationally and internationally.

Prior to his election as a Judge of the International Court of Justice, Judge Crawford served as a Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission and was the first Australian member of the United Nations International Law Commission.

“Judge Crawford dedicated his life to international law and academia. He had a brilliant mind and is someone South Australians can be immensely proud of,” Premier Steven Marshall said.

“Rising to prominence in academia, he shone in the World Court and was instrumental in the peaceful resolution of disputes between countries.

“Forever invested in exploring and understanding emerging areas of law, Judge Crawford last year accompanied me on a tour of Lot 14 – remarking on how important the area of space law is fast becoming,” he said.

Starting his career as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide in 1977, Judge Crawford moulded the minds of a generation of lawyers and students - one of whom went on to become the state’s first female Attorney-General.

“As a lecturer, Judge Crawford inspired and motivated students to pursue a career in law and academia,” Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said.

“On the international stage, he showed what South Australians are capable of, and leaves an incomparable intellectual legacy,” she said.