The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC was born in Lithuania and immigrated to Australia as a young boy with his Russian parents. He was educated at Melbourne High School, followed by the University of Melbourne where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and an LLB with Honours.
After graduating he tutored in law at Ormond and Newman Colleges, as well as Monash University. In 1968 Alex signed the Roll of Counsel at the Victorian Bar and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in Victoria in 1980.
He has practised almost exclusively in commercial and company law and equity, appearing in the Supreme Courts of nearly all states at trial and appellate level, as well as the Supreme Court of Fiji, 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 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. 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) and seven grandchildren.