Ms Judy Bourke

  • Ms Judy Bourke

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
Lecturer/Legal Writing Advisor


Judy combines an interest in law with interests in animals and legal writing.

Judy qualified as a veterinary surgeon prior to studying law at the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with Honours. Her interest in animals and the law continued into legal practice as a solicitor. Judy practised in a significant number of horse racing matters, as well as general civil litigation, defamation, and liquor licensing law.

In combining these interests of law, animals and legal writing, Judy has been published on a range of topics. These include the legal framework of quarantine in the wake of the Equine Influenza outbreak in 2007. An earlier article published in the Australian Bar Review concerning forensic evidence was cited extensively in the Victorian parliament and in government enquiries in Canada. Judy has also published on animal welfare issues. Judy was an editor of the standard liquor reference, Bourke’s Liquor Laws Victoria for twenty years to 2012. In addition, Judy authored the Liquor Chapter of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia in 2007.

Judy works part-time as an advocate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme space, working with people with a disability. Judy is also a member of the St Vincent’s Hospital Animal Ethics Committee. Teaching Fundamentals of the Common Law in the MLM program enables Judy to share some of her experiences and knowledge.


Melbourne Law Masters

Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Lecturer, Racing Industry Law and Regulation, MLM

Legal Writing Advisor, Legal Academic Skills Centre (MLM)