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Curtin Law School: Eminent Speaker Series

Expert Evidence: the New Australian Environment


Curtin Law School proudly invites you to our Eminent Speaker Series – “Expert Evidence: the New Australian Environment” with Professor Ian Freckelton QC.

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Ian Freckelton

About the Speaker

Professor Ian Freckelton is an experienced Queen’s Counsel from Melbourne with a national practice in administrative law, personal injury law, coronial law, professional negligence law, criminal law & commercial law. He was called to the Bar in 1988 and took silk in 2007. His practice is trial, appellate and advisory and focuses upon cases of significant technical and strategic complexity.

Professor Freckelton holds a “higher doctorate”, an LLD (Doctorate of Laws) in Health Law from the University of Melbourne (2017), and a PhD in Expert Evidence from Griffith University (1998). He has been a member of many statutory boards and tribunals and is currently a part-time judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru, a Professorial Fellow of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, where he is the Co-Director of the postgraduate Health Law program, and an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He is a member of Victoria’s Coronial Council and the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria. In 2015 he was the Commissioner in charge of the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s reference on Medicinal Cannabis

He is the Editor of the Journal of Law & Medicine, the Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, the author of over 40 books and more than 600 peer reviewed articles and chapters of books.

Professor Freckelton is one of Australia’s leading authorities on evidence, dating back to his work on the ALRC reference on the subject in the 1980s and his book, The Trial of the Expert (OUP, 1988). He is the co-editor of Expert Evidence, the 7 volume loose-leaf service, the co-author of three empirical studies for the AIJA on expert evidence in 1999, 2001 and 2016, including Expert Evidence in Criminal Jury Trials (OUP, 2016), and is currently completing work on the 6th edition of Expert Evidence: Law, Practice, Procedure and Advocacy (Thomson Reuters, 2018).