The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC Governor of Victoria
Alex Chernov was born in Lithuania and, with his Russian parents, immigrated to Australia as a young boy. He was educated at Melbourne High School and then at the University of Melbourne where he gained the degrees of B.Com. and LLB (Hons). After graduating, he tutored in law on a part-time basis at Ormond and Newman Colleges and at Monash University. In 1968, Alex Chernov signed the Roll of Counsel at the Victorian Bar and in 1980, was appointed Queens Counsel in Victoria and, later, in the majority of the States in Australia. He practised almost exclusively in commercial and company law and equity, appearing in the Supreme Courts of nearly all the States at trial and appellate level, as well as the Supreme Court of Fiji and the High Court of Australia and the Privy Council.
Whilst a barrister, Alex Chernov played a significant role in the leadership of the legal profession and legal education in Australia and in our region. Between 1971 and 1975, he was the Independent Lecturer in Equity for the Council of Legal Education and, between 1985 and 1987, was an Honorary Consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission. He is the co-author of Brooking and Chernov, Tenancy Law and Practice in Victoria, and the editor of its second edition. During 1985 and 1986, he was the Chairman of the Victorian Bar and Vice President of the Australian Bar Association. Between 1990 and 1991, he was President of the Australian Law Council and was Vice President of LawAsia between 1995 and 1997. He was also a member of the Council of the Presbyterian Ladies College between 1981 and 1990 and Chairman of the Australian Motor Sport Court of Appeal between 1985 and 1997.
In 1997, Alex Chernov was appointed a Judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and, in 1998, was appointed to its Court of Appeal. In 1992, he became a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne and chaired a number of its major committees. In 2004, he was elected a Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and in 2009, was elected as its Chancellor. In 2008, Alex Chernov was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was made a Companion of the Order in the 2012 Australia Day Honours. Alex Chernov was sworn in as the 28th Governor of Victoria on 8th April 2011.
Alex and his wife, Elizabeth, who is also Law graduate of the University, have three children, who are also graduates of the University. They have six grandchildren.