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Ian Freckelton AO KC

University of Melbourne, Australia


Ian Freckelton in a King’s Counsel (senior barrister) in practice throughout Australia. He is a Professor of Law and Professorial Fellow of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. He holds honorary professorial appointments at the Queensland University of Technology, La Trobe University, Southern Cross University, Griffith University and the Auckland University of Technology. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, the Australian Academy of Law and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Nauru, a member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria for 25 years, a member of the Bar Council of Victoria for 5 years, and a member of 9 statutory tribunals. He is currently a member of the Coronial Council of Victoria. He is the author of 50 books and over 750 articles and chapters of books. He has given over 750 presentations in more than 40 countries. He is the Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and the Founding Editor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.  In 2001 he 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” and in 2024 he was awarded its highest award by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, the Prix Philippe Pinel.

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