Dr. Livingston Armytage AM



Dr. Armytage is a justice reformer, educator and author.

Over the past twenty years, Livingston has specialised in advising courts to improve the quality of justice in more than fifty countries across Asia and the Pacific.

Dr. Armytage is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Sydney and a visiting fellow of the University of Cambridge and Australian National University.

His PhD, “Reforming Justice: a Journey to Fairness in Asia” was published by Cambridge in 2012.  Other recent books include: “Educating Judges” (Brill: 1996, 2015) and “Searching for Success in Justice Reform” (Ed., Oxford: 2009).  His most recent book is a collection of photographs, “Unseen Faces, Unheard Voices” published with his wife, Miyako (IBC: 2018).

Dr. Armytage was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for significant services to civil justice nationally and internationally.



» Qualifications
» Experience
» Countries


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Sydney
  • PhD in Law — Reforming Justice: The Journey to Fairness —
    3 Case Studies from Asia
  • Sydney University Medal for Outstanding Postgraduate Research in Law
  • Master of Laws – First Class Honours, University of Sydney
  • International Human Rights Law Program, New College, University of Oxford
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Australia


  • Project leader, strategic advisor and technical specialist on ADB, AusAID, UNDP, World Bank and USAID legal projects in Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam, Haiti, Palestine, Mongolia, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Vietnam and the Pacific Region
  • Consultant to courts throughout the United States and Australia
  • Author of “Reforming Justice – A Journey to Fairness in Asia“, “Searching for Success in Judicial Reform” and “Educating Judges“, and numerous referred articles
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Convener/Presenter of the postgraduate course: “Law, Justice and Development” in the LLM program at the University of Sydney.
  • Education Director of Judicial Commission of New South Wales, 1991-1996
  • Presenter and participant at international conferences including the International Bar Association (IBA), LAWASIA, National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE), Commonwealth Judges & Magistrates Association (CMJA), and Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA)
  • Contributor to international journals, such as The Modern Law Review and the Commonwealth Judges Journal, as well as the University of NSW Law Journal
  • Independent reviewer for the Global Corruption Report of Transparency International 2007
  • Founding editor of The Judicial Review, a journal for judges
  • Member of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s working group on the adversarial system, and sits on the board of the University of West Sydney
  • Instructor in the MBA program of the Graduate School of Management


In recent years, Dr Armytage has worked in and with institutions in the following countries:

         Recife, Brazil, November 2015              Presenting research findings to the International Organisation for Judicial Training (IOJT)

  • Australia
  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • Fiji
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Lebanon
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Philippines
  • Samoa, Tonga and other Pacific Island nations
  • Vietnam
  • United Kingdom


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