Alex Chernov

The Honourable
Alex Chernov

Chernov at an ANZAC Day ceremony in 2013
28th Governor of Victoria
In office
8 April 2011  30 June 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Ted Baillieu
Denis Napthine
Daniel Andrews
Lieutenant Marilyn Warren AC
Preceded by David de Kretser AC
Succeeded by Linda Dessau AM
Personal details
Born (1938-05-12) 12 May 1938
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Hopkins
Education University of Melbourne
Profession Barrister

Alex Chernov AC, QC (born 12 May 1938)[1] is an Australian jurist and was Governor of Victoria from 2011 to 2015.[2]

Early life

Chernov was born in Lithuania to Russian parents, and migrated with his family to Salzburg, Austria where he commenced his schooling. In 1949 his family migrated to Australia and he completed his schooling at Melbourne High School. He graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne in 1961 and 1968 respectively.[3]


Chernov was admitted to practise and signed the Roll of Counsel as a barrister in 1968, practising mostly in commercial law and equity. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1980. He was Chairman of the Victorian Bar 1985–86, Vice-President of the Australian Bar Association 1986–87 and President of the Law Council of Australia 1990–91. He was Vice President of LawAsia 1995–1997.

He was the co-author with Robert Brooking AO of Tenancy Law and Practice: Victoria (1972) and the editor of its second edition (1980).

In May 1997 he was appointed to the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and in October 1998 to the Court of Appeal of that Court. He retired from the bench in February 2008.

He was elected the 20th Chancellor of the University of Melbourne in January 2009, serving in that office until he resigned to take up the office of Governor of Victoria.[3]

Vice-regal office

On 21 February 2011, it was announced that he would become the 28th Governor of Victoria. He assumed that office on 8 April 2011.[4] On the retirement of Dame Marie Bashir as Governor of New South Wales on the 1 October 2014, Chernov became the longest-serving Governor of an Australian state and by custom assumed the additional office of Administrator of the Commonwealth who exercises the powers of the Governor-General of Australia in the Governor-General's absence or disability.[5] Chernov's term of office ended in June 2015, former judge Linda Dessau was appointed as his replacement.

Personal life

Chernov is married with three children.


Chernov was appointed Queen's Counsel in and for the State of Victoria in 1980.

Chernov was created an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours list for service to the law and education.[6]

On 26 January 2012, Chernov was named a Companion of the Order of Australia.[7]

On 14 May 2014, Chernov was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Monash University.[8]


  1. Justice Alex Chernov JA, Victorian Bar News, Autumn 2008.
  2. Chernov sworn in as Victoria's new Governor, ABC News, 8 April 2011.
  3. 1 2 Das, Sushi (7 February 2009). "The Melbourne man". The Age.
  4. Rout, Milanda: Former judge Alex Chernov is Victoria's next governor, The Australian, 21 February 2011.
  5. Oath of Office as Administrator of the Commonwealth, ComLaw, 24 September 2014.
  6. It's an Honour
  7. Hare, Julie (26 January 2012). "Australia Day honours list goes Melbourne's way". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 26 January 2012.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Ian Renard
Chancellor of the University of Melbourne
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Alexander
Government offices
Preceded by
David de Kretser
Governor of Victoria
Succeeded by
Linda Dessau
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