Michael Lavarch is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the Queensland University of Technology. Professor Lavarch is a former Dean of the QUT Law Faculty and was Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia from 2001-2004. Between 1987-1996, he was a Federal MP and served as the Attorney-General in the Keating Government. As Attorney-General, Professor Lavarch has carriage of the establishment of the National Native Title Tribunal and conduct of negotiations with State and Territory governments for the implementation of the Native Title Act. He also initiated a wide range of law reform, including:
- The Human Rights Commission enquiry into the forced removal of Aboriginal children, resulting in the Bringing Them Home report; and
- Overturning the last Australian law criminalising homosexuality.
In 2012, Professor Lavarch was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to law, education and human rights.