Australians Appointed to Senior FIA Judicial Roles
Tuesday 22 June, 2021
Justice Walter Sofronoff (left) and Justice Peter Davis (right) have been included into the FIA's international judicial system
The world governing body for motorsport, the Federation Internationale d’la Automoblie (FIA), based in Paris, has announced the appointment of two highly-qualified and respected Australian jurists to its international judicial system.
The Honourable Justice Walter Sofronoff has been appointed to the FIA Anti-Doping Commission and The Honourable Justice Peter Davis has been appointed to the newly-instituted FIA Formula One Cost Cap Committee.
Justice Sofronoff has a long and esteemed career in law as a Queen’s Counsel and is now President of the Court of Appeal in Queensland. He has a keen interest in motorsport and cars in general, and served on the Board of Rally Australia from 2008 to 2010.
Justice Davis has also had a long and successful career as a Queen’s Counsel and is now a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland and President of the Queensland Industrial Court. He is a long-time follower of motorsport and in particular Formula One.
The FIA Anti-Doping Commission was established to give effect to the Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The new FIA Formula One Cost Cap Committee will be responsible for regulating the rules which limit costs incurred by F1 teams.
Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser congratulated both Justice Davis and Justice Sofronoff on their appointments.
“Motorsport Australia is proud to see such eminent Australian jurists appointed to senior judicial roles within the FIA. Their respective depths of experience will, I am sure, serve the sport extremely well,” Fraser said.
Justice Sofronoff added: “It is a genuine honour to be selected to serve on an international body like this."
While Justice Davis said “I feel very privileged to become a part of Formula 1."
The two committees will preside over hearings in Paris.