Paul Hayes KC

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

Victorian Bar


Paul Hayes KC is a Barrister & Arbitrator and holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Queensland University of Technology and Master of Studies (MSt) from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Visiting Fellow in 2005-2006 (Faculty of Law, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Wolfson College). He also holds a Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration (DipICArb) from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, where he is also a Fellow (FCIArb).

Called to the Bar in Australia (Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria) and in England (Lincoln’s Inn), Paul is a member of Dever’s List (Melbourne) and 39 Essex Chambers (London, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore) and practises predominantly in international commercial arbitration (accepting briefs as Counsel, or appointments as Arbitrator), commercial & equity litigation, sports law, defamation, insurance and international law (public and private) and has appeared in a wide variety of cases (ranging from large-scale complex commercial matters to defamation jury trials and sporting disputes) in multiple curial and arbitral jurisdictions, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Paul has been a contributing author in various authoritative arbitration and sports law textbooks and has published several legal journal articles and numerous international and national conference papers on a wide range of sports law and general legal topics. He is the Founder and Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal (CCH Australia), a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the International Law Committee of CommBar (the commercial law association of the Victorian Bar) and a member of the World Rugby Anti-Doping Judiciary Panel. Paul also contributes Op-Ed articles from time to time to The Australian and The Times in London on issues concerning the law and politics and was named in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Who’s Who Legal as a leading international lawyer in the specialty of sports law.

Teaching (2022)

Melbourne Law Masters