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Dr Ian Freckelton AO QC

Dr Ian Freckelton AO QC

Ian is a Queen’s Counsel in full-time practice throughout Australia. He undertakes trial, appellate and advisory work as a barrister across a range of areas, including administrative, criminal law, health law, personal injury law and commercial law.

He has been appointed to 10 statutory tribunals and is currently a member of Victoria’s Mental Health Tribunal and of the Coronial Council of Victoria, as well as the federal Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Council. He was previously a member of Victoria’s Medical Practitioners Board, Psychologists Registration Board, and Disciplinary Appeals Board. He has been a Commissioner at the Victorian Law Reform Commission. He is a member of the Victorian Bar Council and of the Ethics Committee of the Victorian Bar.

Ian is an elected member of the Australian Academy of Law, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, and a life member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, having been its transnational President and its Victorian President.

He is a Professorial Fellow in Law and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, an Adjunct Professor of Law at La Trobe University, and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research in the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

Ian is the founding Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, as well as the author and editor of many books and over 600 peer-reviewed articles and chapters of books on expert evidence, criminal law, medical law, mental health law, criminal injuries compensation law, human rights law, therapeutic jurisprudence, personal injuries law, tribunal practice, and causation.

Ian was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2021 for ‘distinguished service to the law, and to the legal profession, across fields including health, medicine and technology.’

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