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Ian Freckelton AO KC 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 Administrative and Public Law. He is also a judge of the Supreme Court in Nauru and a member of the Coronial Council of Victoria. 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 an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian College of Legal Medicine. Ian is a Professor of Law and a Professorial Fellow of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, an Honorary 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. 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 widely internationally published – he is the author of over 700 articles and chapters of books. He has spoken at more than 750 scholarly gatherings in over 30 countries. In 2021 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘distinguished service to the law, and to the legal profession, across fields including health, medicine and technology’.

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