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Ian Freckelton AO QC is a barrister in full-time practice throughout Australia. He is currently listed among Best Lawyers in Australia for Public Law and by Doyle’s Guide for leading senior counsel in Criminal Law. He is also a judge of the Supreme Court in Nauru and a member of the Coronial Council of Victoria, the Victorian Bar Council and the Australian Advisory Council on Medicinal Cannabis. Ian recently completed 25 years’ service on the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria and has been a member of disciplinary tribunals in relation to doctors, psychologists, teachers and out-of-home carers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian College of Legal Medicine. Ian is a Professorial Fellow in Law and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and holds adjunct professorial positions at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University in Queensland. In 2021 he was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished service to the law, and to the legal profession, across fields including health, medicine and technology’. Ian is the Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and the Founding Editor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. He is the author of many books on health law, evidence law, criminal law, research conduct, and administrative law, and is very widely internationally published – he is the author of over 600 articles and chapters of books. He has spoken at more than 700 scholarly gatherings in over 30 countries.

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