Dr Damien Cremean was admitted to the Victoria Bar in 1976 having graduated with First Class Honours LLB from Melbourne University in 1974. In 1981 he completed his PhD (Monash University) on â€śJurisdiction in Admiralty in Australiaâ€ť. In 1983 he was appointed a Senior Law Reform Officer of the Australian Law Reform Commission (chaired then by former Justice Michael Kirby) working on the Admiralty reference. As a result of the Commissionâ€™s work the Australian Admiralty Act 1988 was passed.
Dr Cremean is an established legal author. He has written mainly, however, in the area of admiralty and maritime law. He wrote the title â€śMaritime Lawâ€ť in Halsburyâ€™s Laws of Australia when it was first prepared and he writes a regular Admiralty and Maritime column in the Australian Law Journal.
Dr Cremean has also extensive statutory adjudicative experience (on statutory tribunals) and experience as a statutory regulator and as a practising barrister (including in maritime law work).
Dr Cremean is an elected Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.
He is also an academic (having lectured in subjects including Shipping Law at University) and has academic qualifications in philosophy and was a Deputy Registrar (sessional) of the Federal Court of Australia specifically engaged to do admiralty mediations.