Professor Ian Freckelton AO QC

  • Professor Ian Freckelton AO QC

Co-Director of Studies, Health and Medical Law

ian.freckelton@unimelb.edu.au

Overview

Ian Freckelton is an experienced Queen’s Counsel with a national practice. He works as a barrister from Castan Chambers in Melbourne, undertaking trial and appellate litigation, as well as advisory work, including internationally. Since 2017 he has also worked as a judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru.

Ian is Professor in the Law Faculty and a Professorial Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne where he is a Co-Director of the Health and Medical Law program. In 2017 he was awarded a ‘higher doctorate’, a Doctor of Laws (an LLD) by the University of Melbourne for his work in Health Law. In 2019 he was awarded Outstanding Alumnus status by Griffith University where 20 years before he had been awarded a PhD.

Professor Freckelton is also an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, La Trobe University, Queensland University of Technology and Auckland University of Technology, and at Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Since 2011 he has a member of the Coronial Council of Victoria and for 25 years was a member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and is an elected Life Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021 Professor Freckelton was made 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."

In 2015/2016  Professor Freckelton was  a Commissioner at the Victorian Law Reform Commission running its reference on medicinal cannabis and between 2017 and 2021 he was a Ministerially-appointed member of the Australian Advisory Council on Medicinal Cannabis. Since 1993 he has been the Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and is the Founding Editor and Editor-at-Large of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law which commenced in 1994. He is the author and editor of many books on health law, ethics, evidence, criminal law, administrative law and regulation and more than 700 articles and chapters of books. His most recent books are Scholarly Misconduct: Law Regulation and Practice (OUP, 2016); Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials (with Goodman-Delahunty, Horan and McKimmie) (OUP, 2016); Tensions and Traumas in Health Law (Federation Press, 2017); Expert Evidence: Law, Practice, Advocacy and Procedure (6th edn, Thomson Reuters, 2019; 7th edn, 2022, in press) and Indictable Offences in Victoria (with Cockroft) (Thomson Reuters, 2020); Pandemics, Public Emergencies and Government Powers: Perspectives on Australian Law (Federation Press, 2021, with Bennett), and  COVID-19: Law and Regulation (OUP, 2022, in press, with Bennett and Wolf). He is currently working on the 2nd edition of Death Investigation and Coronial Practice (with Ranson, Thomson Reuters), and a book on neuropsychiatric disorders and the law.

Teaching

Melbourne Law Masters

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