BEc (Hons) LLB. Journalist. Development Economist. Law Reformer. Whistleblower.
Constitutional Human Rights Lawyer & Independent Federal Candidate for Lalor (Commonwealth of Australia).
James is a prominent Australian constitutional lawyer, human rights campaigner, innovative thinker and whistleblower, noted for powerful oratory and written skills, which he puts to good use in the law courts, as a media commentator and as an author, playwrite and filmmaker.
James was born in 1964, on the outskirts of suburban Melbourne, the son of poor, and poorly educated, working class parents. James learned the value and importance of hard work at an early age. By the age of 11 James was already working forty hours, most weeks, to help support his parents and younger sisters, while attending local government schools.
A gifted student, James achieved astonishing year 12 results that, combined with multiple part time jobs and a benevolent scholarship, enabled him to attend University from 1982, still financially supporting his disabled (divorced) mother and his two younger sisters.
James graduated from Monash University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Economics (Class IIA Honours) and graduated again in 1989 with a Bachelor of Laws.
In 1990 James was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria.
James began his corporate legal career in 1989, as an articled clerk with international Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne, rising to Senior Associate in 1992 before being headhunted by global Australian law firm Minter Ellison in 1994. In 1999 James left Minters to establish his own boutique corporate and government law legal practice. You can view James’ impressive legal credentials here.
James is the author of more than a hundred published works on topics as diverse as economics, politics, Australian history, world history, law, civil liberties and human rights. From late 1998 until mid 2003 James wrote a monthly column for the Victorian Law Institute Journal.
During a 20 plus year legal career James has provided top-tier legals and advisory services to hundreds of major Australian and International Corporations, and worked with all tiers of government in Australia. These include 19 of Australia’s top 20 (and 48 of the top 54) most profitable ASX listed Companies. (source: based on Business Review Weekly’s Top 1000 Corporate Money Earners for 2010).
In 2007 James became the victim of a cruel legal fraud – his first experience of the widespread, judicially sanctioned corruption, cruelty and extortion, that happens on a daily basis in Australia’s law courts and offices and bureaucracies, under the knowing eyes of uncaring and complicit politicians (most of whom, by non-coincidence are lawyers too). Having spent 20 years working with legal, business and government elites, negotiating and documenting billion dollar deals and projects James was ill-equipped and completely unawares of the extortions and corruptions practiced on ordinary domestic Australians by litigation lawyers (and the judges they appoint to their courts).
On 18 January 2010 (Martin Luther King Day, Public Holiday in the United States of America), James declared himself as an Independent Candidate for the Australian House of Representatives in the “Labor landmark” of his home electorate of Lalor, only to have the Australian government refuse to recognise his nomination, leaving him off the ballot papers for the August 2010 Australian federal election.
Since 2007 James has continued to fight for justice for himself and for others, whilst being forced to enduring increasingly vicious, and increasingly blatant, reprisals from corrupt government and legal agencies – including the very regulatory and ethical agencies that were supposedly set up to protect whistleblowers.
Since 2008 James has acquired a portfolio of involvements and watching briefs in important human rights causes and cases in Australia, defending ordinary Australians from Government abuse in areas such as family rights, child rights, marriage rights, elder rights, indigenous rights, political rights.
Following a series of aggravated burglaries and home invasions (which the police refuse to prosecute despite sworn confessions and even civil judicial rulings against the transgressor), unprotected by “the law” James was forced to leave Victoria in 2009 for the relative safety of exile. The “last straws” included a 4am car-bombing (May 2009) that the police refused to investigate.
James is an outspoken advocate for the need for independent (ie non-lawyer controlled) investigations of sections of the Australian legal profession, the judiciary and legal regulators, ombudsmen, police, politicians (98% of whom are lawyers) and other taxpayer funded Government legal institutions.
James has also pledged himself an active campaigner for constitutional, political and justice reforms.
James recognises the formidable barriers to justice that exist in a legal system that has been fully-designed, built, owned and operated by and for the ruling Australian lawyer political elite for generations.
Seeking to warn and to inform wider audiences, James has turned the stories and transcripts from several important human rights cases into screen plays for theatre and cinema projects. These include James’ first screen plays “The Crucible” and “Soylent Green and Gold“.
James’ current projects include latest projects:
HOW TO CONTACT JAMES
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All information that you send to James (including your identity and contact details) will be kept strictly confidential and private. No personal or identifying information will be disclosed or used in any way without your consent.
Please understand that all of James political actions (and any associated actions in the law courts and in the media) are funded entirely out of James’ private purse – which has been aggressively pulverised by unlawful reprisals and other McCarthyist actions of the Australian lawyer-ruled government.
Please also understand that within Australia alone, there are tens of thousands of Australian human rights victims of the Australian Government – victims of the the de-humanising and human rights abusing internal affairs and foreign affairs practises of our taxpayer-funded governmen and governwomen.
James Johnson, Independent Federal Candidate for Lalor
(Published: 05/26/2011. Last Updated: 03/21/2012)