It is in dismay and with deep grief that we inform you today about the death of Barry O’Keefe, a good friend and long-standing supporter of IACA. The former Australian judge of the New South Wales Supreme Court and commissioner of the Australian Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) from 1994 to 1999 has died aged 80.
Before becoming a judge, Barry O’Keefe appeared on behalf of the governments of the Commonwealth of Australia, and New South Wales and for Her Majesty’s Crown Agents in the United Kingdom in a number of important cases. Once he retired from the New South Wales Supreme Court, he became a consultant with Clayton Utz, an Australian law firm. In his previous roles he furthermore acted as a chairman of Interpol’s International Group of Experts on Corruption and as president of the New South Wales branch of the national trust of Australia. In 2006, O’Keefe was appointed as an adjunct professor by the Sydney School of Law. He also chaired the Law Advisory Board of the Notre Dame School of Law in Sydney.
Barry O’Keefe had been serving as a member of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB) since 2010. “Barry was a strong supporter of the Academy long before it became a fully-fledged and renowned international organization. I got to know him as an outstanding member of the Anti-Corruption community who worked tirelessly to promote our common cause. He will not only be sadly missed as a reliable, competent and straight-forward colleague but also as a good friend. I would like to thank him for all his support throughout the years. Our thoughts are now with Barry’s wife and family.” states Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.