Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
Dr Collins QC is a member of the Victorian Bar, where his clients include major corporations, most of Australia's main media outlets and many high profile Australian and international public figures. He has acted in a number of the most significant defamation and media cases heard in Australia in the last 15 years. He is also a member of One Brick Court, one of the leading sets of media and information law chambers in London.
Dr Collins is the author of all three editions of The Law of Defamation and the Internet (Oxford University Press, 2001, 2005 and 2010), the standard international text on the application of principles of defamation law to online publications, and Collins on Defamation (Oxford University Press, 2014), a new generalist text on the law of defamation of England and Wales and the first to analyse comprehensively the implications of the Defamation Act 2013 (UK). He has also written many peer-reviewed articles on aspects of media law.
Dr Collins holds a PhD from Melbourne University. His principal research interests are multi-jurisdictional and comparative defamation, the intersection of freedom of speech and the right to privacy, and related principles of private international law.
Dr Collins is the immediate past national chair of the Law Council of Australia's Media and Communications Committee and a member of the Board of the Melbourne University Law School Foundation. He taught in the Faculty of Law at Monash University from 2009 to 2011 and has been a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School since 2012.