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Our Patron


The Honorable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

Former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia 1988 – 2004, Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria 1982 – 1988, appointed Queen’s Counsel 1979.

Currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Law), Chair of the National Centre Against Bullying and Chair of Children’s Rights International.

Alastair Nicholson is one of Australia’s most eminent jurists with an international reputation in fields including family law, children’s rights and bullying. He became Patron of ISS Australia’s International Parental Child Abduction Service in 2005 and has been Patron of ISS Australia since 2008.

“ISS Australia makes a real contribution to the lives of many individuals and families in Australia and throughout the world. It is dedicated to humanity regardless of race, religion and gender. It identifies with the oppressed and those in need and has done much to reunite families in a world torn by war and its aftermath throughout its existence.”

The Honorable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC