Ms Judy Bourke

  • Ms Judy Bourke

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


Judy combines an interest in law with interests in science and writing.

Judy qualified as a veterinary surgeon prior to studying law at the University of Melbourne. The 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 in general civil litigation, defamation and liquor licensing law. In combining her legal and animal interests, Judy published an article in the Australian Law Journal entitled “Equine Influenza – The Legal Framework of Quarantine”. An earlier article published in the Australian Bar Review concerning forensic evidence was cited extensively in the Victorian parliament and in official enquiries in Canada.

Precision and clarity in legal writing have long been of interest to Judy, evident in two editorial roles. 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.


Melbourne Law Masters

Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Lecturer, Racing Industry Law and Regulation, MLM

Legal Writing Advisor, Legal Academic Skills Centre (MLM)