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The Hon Charles Sweeney QC (NSW, VIC and NZ), FTI, FAICA

Charles Sweeney is Chief Justice of Tuvalu. He is Commissioner of the Samoa Competition and Consumer Commission. He is an internationally accredited advanced mediator and arbitrator and a commercial and resources barrister. He has had an extensive practice for many years in most jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific and has been a regular adviser to governments and economic regulators in the region. He is entitled to practise in most jurisdictions in the Pacific, including PNG, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand where he has permanent admission and holds separate letters patent as QC.


With deep roots in Tasmania, he is available here for mediations, arbitrations, early neutral evaluations, mining and resources advice and litigation  and appeals. He has a long history of having acted for clients the subject of oppression by large corporations, especially banks, and governments. He has a particular interest in rural clients in difficult years.

Previous occupations: Professor of Law and Economics, Centre for Law and Economics, ANU, Auckland University and University of the South Pacific, Lecturer in Taxation, University of Melbourne, Editor MULR, Editor Australian Law Journal, Editor Federal Court Reports and Federal Law Reports (over 100 volumes),  Australian Correspondent, Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Journal,  London,  Special Counsel (Tax Avoidance  Litigation)  to Second Commissioner of Taxation, Canberra,  Chairman, Fiji Commerce Commission.

Other offices presently held: Visiting Professor in Law and Economics, University of Fiji.

Telephone: 03 9028 6898

email: thesweeney@tasmanianbar.com.au