Kate Warner AC

Kate Warner is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania where she taught Criminal Law, Criminology and Evidence Law before her appointment as Governor of Tasmania in December 2014.  Kate was Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute from 2002 until 2014. She was the first woman Dean of the Faculty of Law and was Head of Department in the Law School. She has served on numerous boards and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. In October 2021, with Professor Tim McCormack, she presented a report to Government on a Pathway to Treaty and Truth-telling.  And in 2022, with two interstate colleagues, she conducted a review of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute.  She is currently working on a national project on judicial well-being, a new edition of a sentencing text and a book consolidating the results of the Australian jury sentencing projects.  

In 2012 Kate was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal at the University of Tasmania and in 2016 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, for her significant service to the law.  

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)