Remembering Professor Louis Waller AO

10 February 1935 – 8 October 2019

Emeritus Professor Louis Waller AO was one of the giants on whose shoulders both Monash University and its Faculty of Law were built more than 50 years ago.

He was an outstanding scholar, respected Dean, revered legal academic, ground-breaking researcher, dynamic educator, and pioneering law reformer. He made a lasting contribution to legal education, criminal law, evidence, forensics, and medico-legal reform.

With Professor Waller's passing the political, legal, and Jewish communities in Victoria, Australia, and globally, lost a great man and true pioneer.

Those who were lucky enough to know Professor Waller were also deeply touched on a personal level. Over the decades, countless students, including senior members of the judiciary and the legal profession, would remember him as the greatest teacher they ever had. Former Justice of the High Court of Australia Kenneth Hayne AC QC described his teaching style as “electric”.

In this tribute video, some of Professor Waller's former students and colleagues remember a man who embodied compassion, reason and a fierce determination to defend the vulnerable.

Read Monash University's obituary (October 2019): Vale Emeritus Professor (Peter) Louis Waller AO